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If Sal Albanese was mayor…

He would have hammered out a deal with teachers

The Brooklyn Paper

Mayor Bloomberg cost school kids hundreds of millions of dollars because he played hooky when he should have been at the bargaining table with teachers, claims long-shot City Hall candidate Sal Albanese, who says he would have made sure to bring home the bacon.

Albanese, a former teacher who taught health at the John Jay High School in Park Slope, said he would have hammered out a deal with the union by actually attending the negotiations instead of just bad-mouthing teachers — a tactic he claims has been Mayor Bloomberg’s modus operandi for years.

“It never would have gone this far,” said Albanese, who once represented Bay Ridge in the city council. “After years of demonizing teachers and ignoring parents, the administration has proven itself unwilling and unable to lead meaningful negotiations.”

The outrage came after the city and the teachers’ union failed to reach a deal on a new procedure for evaluating 75,000 public school teachers by a deadline last Thursday night, potentially costing the city $250 million in state aid and $200 million in federal aid.

Albanese spokesman Todd Brogan said Bloomberg’s recent remarks that the United Federation of Teachers’ requests were “a joke,” while comparing the union to the National Rifle Association, were counterproductive because moms and dads generally sympathized with the educators.

“Most of the parents we talk to know their kids teachers, and know that they aren’t raiding the public coffers the way the mayor tries to portray them,” he said.

Albanese said his school to-do list would focus on early childhood education and more community involvement.

Bloomberg’s office refused to respond to Albanese’s criticisms, but claimed hizzoner’s conduct was above reproach.

“The mayor has been very respectful,” said spokeswoman Lauren Passalacqua.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at twitter.com/WillBredderman.

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Elliott Kramer from Bensonhurst says:
Sal Albanese is a proven leader, with the sense and sensibility to promote, not insult New Yorkers. We can focus again on what's important, not on the whims and condescension of the past 11 years.
Jan. 23, 2013, 2:39 am
Paul from Park Slope says:
I appreciate that Mr. Albanese is sincere and informed about his opinion of the Mayor, which most everybody shares. If the other candidates have any sense they'll do everything they can to distance themselves from that awful Bloomberg.
Jan. 23, 2013, 12:50 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
Sal, the UFT has run roughshod over the City, and the student's interests, for years. The UFT is the primary impediment to educational reform, and to quality public education. If your intention is simply to roll over and bark when the UFT commands it (like most politicians do) you'll only be perpetuating the problem. Frankly, I would have preferred that Bloomberg break this "union" to its knees.
Jan. 23, 2013, 2:20 pm
buddy from 238st bx says:
Mayor Bloomberg has done his best to demoralize the city's teaching staff. Perhaps insulting workers on a regular basis works in private industry, but it has not worked with the teachers. Firstly, as teachers we were left out of the equation from the very beginning. For a leader not to listen and hear what the front line troops can offer to help inprove the system is not the best way to start. Second, over the past decade the Mayor has repeatedly put down his teaching staff (front line troops). The result is that we no longer have any trust in this leader. His policies have not worked. They have caused distruptions and dislocation within many schools. People are wasting their energy, time, and effort worried about school closings. That energy, time, and effort could be better spent trying to help students learn. Third, it was quite obvious that the Mayor's real goal was to destroy the teacher's union rather that work as a team to improve our workplace. Unfortunately, it is now too late. Twelve years of idiocracy have not truly helped improve learning in the classroom.
Jan. 23, 2013, 4:19 pm
Tom from Bay Ridge says:
Bloomberg is just another worthless rich guy who thinks he knows best and is totally short-sighted, especially when it comes to money going to other people. Steal pensions when you can, screw day care and senior care (because none of his swell pals need it, why do you???), and just privatize everything because capitalists will do what needs to be done for the best interests of everyone! Or at least themselves.

So we're already back to folks being unable to retire EVER and making choices between medicine and food. The unions are more necessary than ever to protect professional education.
Jan. 24, 2013, 1:04 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I am glad that Sal Albanese understands what the public schools are really going through as well as the teachers there. Both Bloomberg and Walcott are completely out of touch with them. Just read what Mulgrew himself had to say over on the Daily News, and you will see what type of evaluation he supports, which is much more fair compared to what Bloomberg wants. It really upsets how low Bloomberg, Walcott, and the media has been treating them, and some sunk to such lows in attacking them rather than looking for solutions to the problem. His idea to close public schools that fail doesn't help at all, but allow for a charter school that will reap all benefits. Also, where are those students going to go once it closes down? This is just another one of the ways Bloomberg addresses the problem by creating it. When Spitzer was governor, he agreed to a maximum class size for a classroom, but when he resigned, Bloomberg repealed this and caused the very overcrowding that he complains about. The same process will go in the schools that the students will have to be bused to only to be repeated again. Another thing is that I'm tired of hearing about teachers being blamed for the failure of students when it really starts at home for them, so there is a thing such as bad students. Where are the parents telling for their children to be doing their homework or studying for tests? They should have taken fault as well. Just yesterday, I couldn't believe how the Post called any of the mayoral candidates who support the UFT to be stooges, which I find to be very insulting. Anyone who attacks the UFT or calls them the arrogant ones, probably works for Bloomberg.
Jan. 25, 2013, 7:06 pm

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