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“Teachers and principals share an almost universal outrage at the mean-spiritedness and climate of loathing that Klein and his wrecking crew have visited from top down upon the school system.”

“Klein commends himself for having restructured “special education.” In fact he has gutted it.”

“Klein touts his dissolution of “large, unproductive schools.” All the evidence shows is that he has thereby created several smaller unproductive schools.”

“Special effects are the new mark of the educational bureaucracy.”

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  • 1 Abbey Lane
    · Sep 27, 2005 at 7:18 pm

    I used to work in a “large, unproductive school” that was under control, where most of the teachers taught, where the scores weren’t great, but we were getting there. This was with an average class size of 34; I had 38 in one class.

    Now there are three schools in the building. Last year was a disaster. I stayed in the old school with the veteran staff, and we were fine. The other two “new” schools descended into chaos; there were too many new people and class size increased due to classrooms becoming offices. Teachers left in droves and the scores, which were not great to start with, went down.

    Smaller unproductive schools is right.

  • 2 NYC Educator
    · Sep 27, 2005 at 7:32 pm

    Well, if Klein’s such a bad guy, why are we in such a big hurry to embrace the “Roadmap to a Sixth Teaching Period” that throws away hard-won improvements in our working conditions in order to gain a raise that probably won’t even keep up with cost of living?

    Are we out of our minds?

  • 3 Persam1197
    · Sep 28, 2005 at 5:47 am

    Even the smaller, established smaller schools are getting screwed. As a result of the larger schools being broken up, successful smaller schools (from the 1990’s) are absorbing the displaced students (especially high risk and special needs students). My school is now overcrowed and hardly a “small school” anymore. Class sizes are bursting at the seams and the support staff that one would see at a large high school is non-existent in the smaller ones.

    There’s a place for both large and small high schools. Klein’s approach is indicative of what happens when we have an uncertified, unqualified supervisor at the helm.

    I’m curious; could I be a partner at a law firm without a JD? Could I be the chief resident at a hospital without an MD? So how can someone with absolutely no experience in education be expected to run it?

  • 4 institutional memory
    · Sep 28, 2005 at 2:38 pm

    I’m surprised and disappointed that my fellow educators fail to grasp the wonderfulness that characterizes Chancellor Joel Klein’s administration.

    How can one possibly fail to comprehend that his by-the-bootstraps, “Only in America” life story; his outstanding experience as a federal prosecutor; and his media-friendly social life provide him with impeccable credentials to lead the nation’s largest school system?

    We do our Chancellor a disservice by not recognizing his unique and marvelous achievements. I recommend that upon his departure, the Tweed Building be renamed Joel Klein Hall. William Marcy Tweed would be proud!

    Ignorance is bliss, and I’m a happy, happy man.

  • 5 Kombiz
    · Sep 28, 2005 at 3:19 pm

    Lol… I like it, I’ll get to work on a petition to rename Tweed! In an email today someone mentioned that Klein seemed suprised at the reaction he received last night at a protest the UFT held.

    I’m not sure how he’s going to hold off now that he’s not on the cocktail party circuit.

  • 6 NYC Educator
    · Sep 28, 2005 at 3:42 pm

    What say we follow Klein to a wine and cheese party, get him loaded, then have him sign an 8-page contract written by teachers?

  • 7 firebrand
    · Sep 28, 2005 at 8:53 pm

    It was suggested at one of our chapter meetings in my school recently that we call 311 with our complaints about our classrooms and schools.

    It was brought to our attention that CHILDREN have been calling in complaints about us and that each one had to be investigated…thus brought to the attention of our chapter leader.

    Our UFT chapter decided that anytime we ar unhappy about something that goes on in our classroom that we just pick up the phone and blurt it out to the lackey at the other end of the 311 line….flood the line with calls from disgruntled teachers.

    Afterall….isn’t Mayor Bloomberg touting his bringing the 311 line to fruition as one of his successes as a mayor?

  • 8 shouldhavegonetomeds
    · Sep 30, 2005 at 1:18 am

    Yes, Kleinberg is awful. But Kleinberg and company are a continuation of Giulianni’s legacy in ever so many ways. While I see many here bemoaning the chancllor and mayor, I never see anyone but me noting just how stupid teachers were to have voted in these passed two mayoralties. Remember without the votes of stupid teachers neither Giulianni nor his rightful successor could ever have been elected. Now that moronic teachers left the wolf in we may not be able to get him out. Hey, but a lot of our teachers (think Staten Island for one) vote Repubican. Stupid, stupid, people who on some level deserve everything they get.

  • 9 woodlass
    · Oct 1, 2005 at 11:16 am

    Randi – Did I hear you say on a news interview on one of the main channels this week: “I like Joel Klein” ?

    I am pretty sure you did, as a passiing remark. You must have had your reasons, but for heaven’s sake: He is not a man you can like. Or trust. Or want anywhere near making decisions for educators or students, for that matter.

    When you make nice to this vicious, non-educator chancellor who is ravaging every aspect of our profession, you become useless to us. You have to recognize him as the enemy HE SET HIMSELF OUT TO BE. He has dealt blows to veteran educators and principals alike – they suffer or they leave. He has shut parents out of the process. He has shortchanged whole districts of students by cramming them into overstuffed classrooms, turning state mandates into mere recommendations, and cutting services. What on earth is likable about this man?

    This is a monster of an enemy, if not as a person, and there is excuse for your playing this kind of game with him in your public statements.

  • 10 steadyeddieg
    · Oct 1, 2005 at 11:17 pm

    Joel Klein taught 6 grade math for 6 months and fled the classroom. Now, years later, he is a self-proclaimed expert.
    How dare he suggest that teachers return to cafeteria duty? Remember in THE TEN COMMANDMENTS when Dathan suggested that the Hebrew slaves return to Egypt? Is Klein Dathan? We didn’t get master’s degrees to patrol halls and do cafeteria duty. Doctors and lawyers don’t patrol hospital corridors or court corridors either.
    Let him direct traffic. Teachers are there to teach, you imbecile!

  • 11 shouldhavegonetomeds
    · Oct 2, 2005 at 4:13 pm

    Remmeber folks Klein is just doing what Bloomberg wants his to do. The mayor is just a billionaire bastard who would take the few pennies away from teachres that they have. Remember though Giulianni’s tough on crime rhetoric played well with our teachers and got him many votes from our members. Now Bloomberg is just the continuation of Giulainni. I hope all the teachers who voted for these people are happy with the results because I certainly am not.

  • 12 firebrand
    · Oct 4, 2005 at 9:08 pm

    Woodlass I don’t know what you heard. Maybe you did hear Randi say that. I know one thing…I will swear to God and on the eyes of my children that I heard Randi say, at a DA last year, that she would “not have you come back to work in August.” I remember it. My ulcer remembers it.