The story below appeared this morning in the NY Post. It refers to a judge’s decision not to overturn the ruling of an independent arbitrator who stopped the Mayor from firing half the staff at 24 “turnaround” schools. The Mayor has had one very simple strategy to “help” schools and “save” students: He closes them. This time, to qualify for federal funds, he decided to “turn around” the schools by firing half the staff (no negative evaluations, just bad luck).  The union and the city went into binding arbitration and the Mayor lost. You can see from the article below that the city honestly believes it is giving schools “the help they so desperately need” by firing half the staff. This is called “reform” in the era of NCLB-Race to the Top. Burn the village down to save it. Or, in this case, burn down only half the village.

Bloomberg getting
a fresh ‘ed’ache

A judge yesterday dealt another blow to Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to fix 24 failing public schools by closing them, replacing half their staffs and reopening them with new staffs.

Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Joan Lobis denied the city’s request for a temporary injunction.

“I’m not going to jump in at this point,” Lobis said.

City attorney Maxwell Leighton said the arbitrator’s ruling, if it stands, will hurt the mayor’s plan to reform failing schools.

“We would find ourselves in a position where we would not be able to give the schools the help they so desperately need,” he said.