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In addition to being disliked by police in his city, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio can now add the school principals union to that list.
New York City’s school principals union demanded Sunday that Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Richard Carranza abdicate control of the Department of Education to the state over their handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Sunday, two days before NYC schools were set to reopen for on-site instruction, the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators executive board unanimously passed a resolution announcing the unprecedented step.
The edict stated: “CSA calls on Mayor de Blasio to cede mayoral control of the Department of Education for the remainder of this health crisis and for Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza to seek the immediate intervention of the New York State Education Department.”
In calling for control to be ceded to the state of New York, the union declared a vote of “No Confidence” for de Blasio and Carranza.
“School leaders want school buildings reopened and have been tirelessly planning to welcome back students since the end of last school year,” said CSA President Mark Cannizzaro, according to WABC. “They must now look staff, parents, and children in the eye and say they have done all they can to provide a safe and quality educational experience, but given the limited resources provided them, this is becoming increasingly difficult.”
“During this health crisis, school leaders have lost trust and faith in Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza to support them in their immense efforts and provide them with the guidance and staffing they need,” he continued. “Quite simply, we believe the City and DOE need help from the State Department, and we hope that the mayor soon realizes why this is necessary.”
The union took the unprecedented step, in part, because there’s a shortage of 1,200 teachers for more than 200 elementary-school principals, according to the New York Post.
The CSA also alleged that district leadership has pushed principals to lie and help them cover up the problem.
The union said in Sunday’s resolution that “CSA members have reported that district superintendents verbally pressured them to falsely report that their staffing needs are already met after they requested additional staff due to safety concerns.”
A perusal of social media shows the blame went back and forth between the city and the union — with the children being the real losers here.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
De Blasio is a disaster, but the main problem is out of control unions whose main goal is to do as little work possible for the highest salary possible; therefore, they are invested in the school reopening failing.
— Jermaine Burkhalter (@JerBurk) September 27, 2020
That’s the core problem – he doesn’t.
— William (@wjf____) September 27, 2020
The NY teachers unions are to the left of a socialist mayor.
— John Gage (@johnrobertgage) September 27, 2020
School leaders have NEVER wanted to reopen schools, while simultaneously dropping the ball on virtual education. A month into the supposed school year and our kids have gotten the equivalent of 3 days of schooling. It’s an embarrassment.
— Cyd Nasty Woman Raff (@cydviciousraff) September 27, 2020
NYC needs someone who can actually govern, understand economics, business practices, health issues – that was never DeBlasio. He promised to “give” a lot to those who voted for him and we’re left with a mess. Yes, COVID19 didn’t help, but that’s not why we are where we are.
— KatyCourt (@nyckatyc) September 27, 2020
Unions will find any excuse NOT to reopen public schools. Only power they have. What about parents and parental choice? Private schools / charter schools open as they need to exist and serve the needs of community. Schools opened across other states !
— VoiceofReason (@voicesofreason6) September 27, 2020
The inability of @NYCMayor to manage our education system is unacceptable. Do better. We need a coherent, safe plan that ensures that students have safe classrooms and assigned teachers, among other basics. Children, parents, NY and American lives are on the line. #harlemfirst
— Pierre Gooding (@pierregooding) September 28, 2020
Brought to you by Bill “What a Mess” de Blasio.
Who for some reason does not wonder why he’s still mayor after doing so much damage to NYC.
— David Toscano (@itsmedavidt) September 27, 2020
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