A misuse of school funding and intent. Maybe even illegal.
It gets more and more outrageous. This story came across our desk over a month ago when Tweed held parent coordinator borough meetings and urged them to find the parents most sympathetic to Bloomberg. Some parent coordinators went to the teachers and complained and they passed it on to me. The story was filtered to some reporters but nothing has yet come of it because the PCs were too scared for their jobs to talk. Now this just came in from an unknown source:
Parent Coordinators were emailed the above petition for parents to sign for their Lobby Day the end of March.. When you open the attachment you will see there is a line there asking Albany to end seniority rules of last in first out. Please get to your parent coordinators first thing tomorrow and ask them not to send that petition around.Using the guise of budget cuts (who can be against that?), they have added the end of seniority as a tag to the petition.
New York City Public School Lobby Week March 21, 2011 – March 25, 2011
We, the undersigned New York City students, parents and community members, strongly protest the State’s proposed budget cuts to New York City public schools.
Therefore, we urge our elected leaders to:
Provide New York City with it’s fair share of state funds and restore the proposed cuts to our public schools;
Reject the State’s proposed changes to Building Aid, which will delay the construction of thousands of new school seats in our neighborhoods; and
Allow the City to keep it’s most effective teachers by ending the State’s “Last In, First Out” policy, allowing teachers to be retained based on their performance, rather than just seniority.Go find the Parent Coordinator at your school today and point out what the DOE is doing.
Note there is no tag on this but when John Liu opens an investigation it will be traced right back to an email out of Tweed.
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