In the bitter battle over New York City’s budget woes, the United Federation of Teachers is striking back against Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed teacher layoffs by running a blitz of 30-second ads across the metropolitan airwaves. And as we’ve come to expect, the leading characters in this mini-piece of propaganda are the doe-eyed children of NYC’s public education system and the evil twin specters of monied millionaires and their mayoral mascot.
Spot ads like this may have been effective once upon a time, but in today’s reality of bankrupt budgets and poor performing schools, such proletariat rhetoric is perceived as self-serving and downright specious. And the taxpayers have had more than enough of it.
The union’s stranglehold on the NYC’s public schools is about to be loosened. A new bill is under consideration in the New York Assembly that will give Mayor Bloomberg the power to layoff teachers based on a 9-criteria list that targets the worst teachers first. Under current New York state law, teachers can only be layed-off based on one criterion only: seniority. The new bill, if passed, would allow the Big Apple to dig out all those union-protected worms that have eaten away at the city’s scholastic endeavors.
From the Wall Street Journal, here is a list of the layoff criteria that NYC is pushing for. Note the number of NYC teachers who fall into these categories of incompetence and criminality.