Mayor Bloomberg said today that “The teachers’ union represents the employees and the city represents the students.
“ This comment reflects tremendous chutzpah. He and the Governor
in recent days have claimed to be acting in the interests of the children who attend our public schools, yet both have ignored the priorities of parents and their right to have a voice in determining education policies.
We parents are the really the ones who speak for our children. What do New York parents want? The vast majority want equitable and adequate funding, smaller classes
, a well-rounded curriculum, and less emphasis on standardized testing.
Now, more than ever, parents realize that the mayor has failed to improve the schools or narrow the achievement gap, as evidenced by his overwhelmingly negative reception
on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. His agenda of high-stakes accountability, combined with class size increases, have led to less learning, and caused NYC students to fall further behind their peers
in the other large cities, as measured by the NAEPs.
These new proposals to force districts to adopt a teacher evaluation system based largely on test scores will further undermine the quality of education that our children receive.