More than half of the city of New York teachers want him gone. Parents who do not have time to read all the blogs and attend meetings of the Panel For Educational Policy (PEP) still know that something is wrong with the system itself, when good teachers disappear, abusive principals dont disappear, and there are whispers of cheating, uncontrolled bullying and yes, even physical abuse of students without any accountability. The new schools are failing, and teachers are leaving in haste - or being thrown out for no reason, with the help of the UFT and their "legal" partners, NYSUT.
And yet, we still see the stupidity of Dennis Walcott and his PR Team in his writing about his management of $24.8 billion in public money. The Panel For Educational Policy is a puppet show, and the purpose is to 'approve' of the DOE policies and then they can say that "we", the public, "voted" on this huge amount in support of Bloomberg and Walcott. Kind of a slimey way to get there.
Below, is a statement with Dennis Walcott's name attached (I'm sure that he did not author it alone or at all) published by the NY POST on Friday, September 6, 2013, concerning the disastrous NYC school system he and Mike Bloomberg "fixed" (yes, you can take that literally) over the past 11 years. Some intern even dug up a handy picture of a police car in front of a school, to make his point.
|An all too common sight in the old days|
We are supposed to assume that all schools were this out of control, even if the suggested violence was even true. (Has Mike Bloomberg ever been to the Bronx, like south of Riverdale?)
What I see as a parent, a parent and employee/labor advocate, is bottom feeders called "legal" permitting lying, cheating, bullying and misconduct by "chosen" perpetrators (friends of DOE personnel with benefits, especially political connections) who are never held accountable or who are given minor slaps on the wrists if caught.
We can also enjoy reading in the Post article, the following:
"Unions, activists and the candidates they support have been calling for moratoriums on replacing failing schools with smaller schools and charters. Some call for community approval before the Department of Education can act. But what would have happened if that had been the policy all along?" [i.e. the violence would have continued... - Editor]
And then he writes, "...These schools' culture of failure...needed to be reconceived...And that's what we did. After extensive community input...."
See what I mean? This makes no sense, saying it would be a dangerous policy to allow community approval, yet Dennis got 'extensive community input' from where?
Ah, Dennis, how soon you forget. I spoke to one of your classmates from your middle school, and she told me you were bullied all the time, to the point of being ostracized from the class. Still bitter?