Sunday, May 29, 2005

Bloomberg and Klein on Teacher Quality

Bad teachers are the problem, if you listen to Klein, Bloomberg, or the NYC tabloids. Why, then, are they so keen on hiring them?

Soon after Bloomberg purchased his position, he took the LAST test, correctly proclaimed that any high school graduate ought to be able to pass it, and expressed surprise so many teaching candidates missed the mark. He made a great deal of noise about how NYC would have certified teachers.

But when push came to shove, Bloomy sent Klein to Albany to beg for the right to hire and retain those who failed the test! Underqualified teachers are paid less than NYS certified teachers.

Now many will say that certification alone does not ensure a good teacher, and I couldn't agree more. But failing that LAST test virtually guarantees a bad one. Why, then does Bloomy do this? He does for about 3,000 bucks per teacher.

Mayor Mike needs to save up to give away a stadium to a billionaire. Most of us will never set foot inside, because you need a season ticket to see the Jets, and they're sold out for the next ten years.

And what to do about the bad teachers? Why, blame the evil UFT, of course.
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