Here are another couple of pearls Maliconico has uncovered:
Remember when the " rubber rooms" in New York City were such a scandal and we had to get rid of them and tenure because this was so terrible and such a waste and blah, blah, blah... And now Commissioner Cerf - who was working in NYC at the time of the "rubber rooms" - is so very concerned about how we are spending fund for schools. I guess his concern about "rubber rooms" back in Gotham doesn't extend to this side of the Hudson, huh?
Of course, this isn't the only part of the budget where the state-controlled district spends like a sailor on shore leave:
Oh, Paterson, when will you learn? If a state-appointed superintendent decides to build new offices or put administrators in "rubber rooms" or hire staff without the knowledge of your duly-elected school board, who are you to object?
For over two decades, Paterson has been under state control; its citizens have been disenfranchised from running their own schools. And for over two decades, money had been wasted, promises have been broken, and there is no evidence student achievement has improved more than if the schools were run by the local citizenry.
So the waste grows, ridiculous experiments in merit pay are proposed, promises of innovation are broken, money flows to highly-paid consultants, and unaccountable charters expand.
I can think of no better example of the need for local control of school districts than Paterson, NJ. Because the state has failed them for over 20 years, it is time for the citizens of the Silk City to demand they regain control of their schools.
Lou Costello, yes! State control, no!