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Black marks for schools chancellor on trip to Williamsburg

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Hours after Mayor Bloomberg announced on Monday that 4,600 teachers would be laid off due to budget cuts, Schools Chancellor Cathie Black took her roadshow to Williamsburg, where she was verbally assaulted by nearly 200 seething Williamsburg parents and teachers.

Speaker after speaker took issue with Black over virtually all of her and Mayor Bloomberg’s educational agenda:

• On layoffs: “Our teachers — they’re not from Teach for America — these people grew up in this neighborhood, went to school here, and stayed here when on one else would,” said Brian DeVale, principal of PS 257 in Bushwick. He argued that good principals know how to get rid of bad teachers without layoffs from on high.

• On priorities: “This is an agency with a $22 billion budget — we should be trying to find savings in there somewhere,” said Councilman Steve Levin (D–Greenpoint).

• On charter schools: “I’m upset by the lack of community schools,” said Williamsburg parent David Dobosz. “We now have a mayoral dictatorship of schools. This is not what the law intended.”

To her critics, Black repeated what she has often said when under fire: “I will work day in and day out as your chancellor,” she said in her opening statements at the “town hall” meeting at JHS 71 on Rutledge Street. “We will work with the best of our abilities to solve our financial problems.”

DeVale had another problem with Black — she wouldn’t take his teddy bear.

Yes, the principal showed up with a gift for Black: a bear that he said was in honor of President Teddy Roosevelt’s dedication towards civil service.

“It’s ironic that [mayoral control of schools] is now trying to destroy civil service,” said DeVale. “She wouldn’t take the bear.”

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al pankin from downtown says:
getting rid of good teachers is a very bad thing, getting rid of bad teachers is good..the state should get rid of all the fraud that goes on..why does this city have to spend $470 million a year for the empty acess-a-ride buses that cost the taxpayers $70 per ride when we don't have enough money for transit or our schools...taxpayers don't want to spend more on taxes, they want to stop the waste. new york is the welfare state, it used to be the emire state. 53 billion a year for medicaid.
March 1, 2011, 7:04 am
al pankin from downtown says:
getting rid of good teachers is a very bad thing, getting rid of bad teachers is good..the state should get rid of all the fraud that goes on..why does this city have to spend $470 million a year for the empty acess-a-ride buses that cost the taxpayers $70 per ride when we don't have enough money for transit or our schools...taxpayers don't want to spend more on taxes, they want to stop the waste. new york is the welfare state, it used to be the emire state. 53 billion a year for medicaid.
March 1, 2011, 7:04 am
Anonymous from Long Island says:
The greatest form of welfare is corporate subsidies and taxbreaks for corporations and the wealthy. Hedge fund income is permitted to be taxed at a mere 15%! Economic elites in this country are trying to divide and conquer working people. The selective hysteria against teachers is curious. Why didn't the same crowd support tighter regulations on, and "accountability" from the banksters, as the taxpayer was bailing them out? Why doesn't Bloomberg raise taxes on wealthy corporations and the wealthy? The same for Cuomo. Their answer is that businesses would flee NY. What a far cry from JFK, who in 1962 confronted the steel industry on its arbitrary price rise back then. Also, the public needs to divest themselves from the notion that young teachers are good and veteran teachers are bad. Everybody asks regarding the young teachers, "What's going to happen to the kids they've been teaching and working so hard with?" Well, the SAME thing should be asked on behalf of veteran teachers. Also, why is the Bloomberg administration permitted to continue saying that they don't want to erase all the gains they've made? The latest results show that there has been virtually no improvement citywide! Remember, when you watch the news, you are watching millionaires working for billioinaires.
March 1, 2011, 9:02 am
trace from park slope says:
100 of the fortune 500 companies don't even pay taxes..Teachers unions are NOT responsible for hiring and firing, they are responsible for making sure the teacher gets a legitimate review. Teacher salaries are a joke(too small), class sizes a joke(too big), and the whole country is suffering from years of underfunding education..It has got to stop - the fat cats have to pay taxes..It is crazy...
I think the worst thing about Cathie Black is she is from wall street. They have no concept that they have gamed the system for themselves - they think they deserve it..Crazy again..
March 1, 2011, 2:16 pm
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
yo Williamsburg, be nice to Cathy B. you folks need some new schools for the hipsters' kids. Tell her you like her hair and legs.
March 1, 2011, 2:18 pm
adam from bedstuy says:
well i hope people now realize what happens when you don't bother to vote on election day. what, like 41% of eligible voters showed up on election day? tsar mike got 50.7% and thompson got 46.3%. now mike is fulfilling his promise to privatize our schools and give them to his rich friends. priceless.
March 1, 2011, 2:36 pm
john from tribeca says:
someone needs to begin the process of re-calling Bloomsnob.
March 1, 2011, 7:28 pm
Greenflower from Brownsville says:
What Cathie Black needs to address is the fact that there are ineffectual principals who are wasting tax payers money. In PS 12 in Brownsville the staff and parent suffers at the hand of an incompetent principal who talks about teaching and learning but cannot deliver . The highlight of the day at the school is a pseudo staff compensated off the books with trinkets and petty cash to harass and spy on parents and teachers. Chancellor Black needs to check into that. Teachers and students reflect the environment that is created by their principlas, who sets the tone for teaching and learning.
March 1, 2011, 10:45 pm
Ben from BedStuy says:
I'm ready to leave this crap city and take my kid, salary/taxes and knowledge with me. This is no place to raise kids anymore.
March 15, 2011, 11:02 am

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