What New Teacher Negotiations Mean (Apparently Not Much)
September 27th, 2005

The city and the teachers’ union have resumed negotiating, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg is reportedly willing to accept the recommendations made by labor arbitrators two weeks ago, but the blogger and teacher known as NYC educator is unimpressed: “Weingarten will boast of the tough negotiations, but the deal is still not worth the money.”

Daily News columnist Juan Gonzalez says that “it could be too late” — that United Federation of Teachers Union president Randi Weingarten appears to be leaning toward endorsing Fernando Ferrer. “The sitdown with Ferrer is bound to irk City Hall. Bloomberg, our education mayor, vowed last week he wouldn’t let politics influence his bargaining stance. No matter what he says, his campaign strategists know teachers are a huge voting bloc. Keeping thousands of them dissatisfied is not the best way to boost the mayor’s reelection effort.”

Marc Epstein, the dean of students at Jamaica High School, in a piece in Newsday focuses on what he calls one of the main issues in the negotiations —- the Bloomberg administration’s desire to get rid of teachers’ “seniority rights” so that they can be transferred — in order to explore a more philosophical question: “what difference teachers really make.
Does anybody believe that if we could place Socrates, Plato and Aristotle in our worst-performing schools that they would turn things around?
” So what would? Epstein implies that being able to expel unruly students would go a long way.

By on September 27, 2005, 9:06 am
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2 Responses to “What New Teacher Negotiations Mean (Apparently Not Much)”

  1. NYC Educator Says:
    September 27th, 2005 at 3:48 pm

    I’m an ESL teacher, actually, but thanks very much for the mention!

  2. Lou Kinnunen Says:
    July 9th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

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