Cortines backs off layoffs again
JM, UTLA Wilshire, 3.27.09
This is the second time that Superintendent Ramon Cortines has been obliged to back off teacher layoff notifications. He threatened to quit this time if he didn't get his way---and nobody really cared, so he had to back off again.
The point I made in this Weekly article is that when Cortines, the Mayor's former Deputy Mayor of Education, tries to spook parents and the rank-and-file, he only ends up spooking policy-makers, the people he should be most trying to please. Yesterday, even nine local members of Congress were spooked. Cortines has yet to understand that he now works not for the Mayor, but for all policy makers who shape education in the City, the region, and the State.
The UTLA is wise to the privatization gimmick of scapegoating teachers, which is a national ploy, not only a local one (can it be that all teachers everywhere are failing?) The greater battle in upcoming years will be over "high stakes testing" in which governments set bars very high---perhaps artificially high---to ensure that some teachers don't meet testing criteria.
EARLIER: Cortines backs off teacher layoffs (JAN 23)