The union representing school bus drivers may, or may not, be preparing to go on strike. City Hall is taking no chances. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott unveiled a well-thought-out contingency plan last week to accommodate the needs of more than 150,000 public school students who rely on buses to get to and from class.
Leaders of Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union won’t say whether or not—or when—they will walk off the jobs. The local’s president, Michael Cordiello, won’t rule out the possibility, but insisted that the union has no plans for such an action. City Hall has made it clear that it cannot offer the job guarantees that the union is seeking.
The New Boss
State education commissioner David Steiner has granted Dennis Walcott the waiver that he needed to officially assume the post of New York City schools chancellor.
The waiver allows Walcott to take the job despite the fact that he is not a licensed superintendant. Cathie Black received the same waiver before she stepped up to the Read More
While strange things have been known to happen in New York politics, one thing seems absolutely certain: The Dennis Walcott era at the Department of Education will be longer and better than the Cathie Black era.
Of course, that’s not saying much. Ms. Black managed to make a terrible mess of things in a short Read More
Cathie Black makes the cover of this week’s New York magazine in a piece by Chris Smith which covers the magazine-executive-turned-school-chancellor’s bumpy start as a Bloomberg appointee, and weighs in on whether she just might be the right (sales)woman for the job- if she can manage to sell herself first.
Between the backlash over her Read More