It’s summertime and the living is easy. It’s almost August and soon it will be scorching in New York City. Teachers are on vacation, but you can rest assured that they’ve heard about Barack Obama’s support for the idea of merit pay. That will not be going over well. Expect an icy reception from many of the millions of teachers when they return from hither and yon.
There is one positive take away. Mike Bloomberg loves the idea.
NEW YORK —
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a potential independent
presidential candidate, is pushing for performance-based merit pay
for teachers in the nation’s public schools.
Bloomberg, in prepared remarks for a speech to a National Urban
League conference in St. Louis, said, “We should be offering
teachers and principals incentives not only to take the toughest
assignments, and to fill special needs, but also to get the best
possible results from their students.”
Bloomberg’s trip has added to speculation that he may run for
president, even though he denies any interest in doing so. Four
Democratic and two Republican presidential candidates are scheduled
to address the conference Friday.
He recently left the Republican party to become an independent,
built a detailed personal Web site and has increased his
out-of-state travel. How much appeal an independent bid might have is unclear.
A new poll by Quinnipiac University shows that while Bloomberg’s approval
rating remains high among New York City voters, a majority wouldn’t
vote for him if he ran for president. In his remarks, Bloomberg praised Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama for supporting for the concept of merit pay.
Obama recently told the National Education Association, country’s
largest teachers union, that the idea should be considered.
“I was happy to hear that Senator Obama recently became the
first Democratic presidential candidate to offer at least modest
support for the idea of bonus pay for teachers,” Bloomberg said.
Perhaps Mike will revert back to the Dems and serve as Barack’s running mate in 2012. At least, they’ll have this in common.
A little Quality Time with the Rev. (Though Bloomberg knows Charles Barron would gut him like a pig if he had the chance…”Herbert, hold me back!!”…Mike looks like he’s going to a funeral.)
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