|Hamburg Union Guy Chris Cerrone Resists the APPR hoo-doo by Feigning Sleep|
New York City said no. Hamburg said no. Somehow Buffalo said yes and union leader Phil Rumore admits he feels "like an accessory to a crime." I have made it a policy here to save my criticism for more deserving parties than the head of my union but I admit I am baffled by this. Furthermore I admit I was baffled that the 50% stupid game of musical chairs with teachers was settled when the district dumped out its piggybank and teachers were allowed to scramble for an extra thousand more than the original offer. Wasn't this about integrity and continuity and relationships with our students? How did it turn into an extra thousand bucks? That in itself stunned me and knowing it was only done so we could proceed to sign our own termination orders with these weaponized APPRs has me completely flummoxed. Why did the ONE union everyone expects to drop a deuce in the punchbowl go along quietly to the slaughter while another in suburban Hamburg stood up and said no? I am tempted to say leadership as I have watched Chris Cerrone in action over the past year and anyone who didn't expect Hamburg to be an outlier wasn't paying attention. But have they finally cowed Phil? I don't believe that's true but I can't explain how this happened. And how does New York City saying no tilt this entire game of walk the plank away from the smug ending the Kingdumb in Albany was expecting? Doesn't NYC account for something like a third of the teachers and kids in the entire empire? Wee mayor Bloomburg wanted to get his greasy little control freak mitts on the firing scepter so badly he turned his Lear jet into a kamikazee plane and flamed out terribly. Not to be outschmucked however it's been reported that the nutless, spineless p.o.s. who also holds the titular position of head of NY teacher's union was still trying to go around Bloomers and frag a deal with Lil John in Albany so the VAM junk science and all the rest of their testing bollocks could still be used against teachers in their evaluations even after the million were forfeited. This guy is a union president? Who the fuck would ever elect him again? As a commenter here remarked the other day "There is no good APPR." I am thinking if you sign off on one you deserve what you get. And now that we're getting all of this money -- $59 million according to DrPamelaCBrownPhDHarvard on the BPS website while the Buffalo News reports a figure $20 million lower -- I guess our test scores will soar and City Honors will have to open up Satellites all over the city to take in these newly improved students. This blows for Buffalo. Congratulations to Hamburg and New York City. Solidarity with those few places who are taking up the fight.