Mayor Michael Bloomberg blames "Albany's irresponsibility" for the teacher cuts he announced earlier today. 6,400 teaching positions will be eliminated 4,419 through layoffs and 1,995 through attrition.
If we take a look at New York State Assemblyman James F. Brennan's report "Damaging Missteps and Wasted Funds Under Mayoral Control" it seems that our Mayor's irresponsibility played a major part in the undermining of public education in New York City. Assemblyman Brennan explains "... in the past seven years mayoral reforms have produced a new set of inefficiencies, damaging problems and wasted funds." The administrative structure of New York City School is on its fourth major reorganization since our mayor seized control of public schools! The newest reorganization calls for an increase in the number of positions at Tweed, (increasing the number of deputy chancellors from three to eight) and as the New York Post put in on April 27th, "hiking the combined salaries of its top brass by at least $275,000 a year."
Albany's fault... Mayor Bloomberg, when you point the finger at someone (or in this case everyone else but yourself) remember there are three other fingers pointing back at you!