As an ambitious, abrasive young councilwoman from the Upper East Side with a zeal for education reform, Eva Moskowitz presided over hearings scrutinizing the contracts of the teachers union and excoriating its officials for putting the interests of teachers ahead of students.
Those hearings, on everything from the union’s use of tenure to protect bad teachers to the bureaucracies behind longstanding public school mysteries—the lack of toilet paper, the flickering classroom lights—made her a marked woman, which she says she discovered after leaving the council to run for Manhattan borough president in 2005.
“They took me out,” said Moskowitz. “You underestimate the power of he unions at your own risk.
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