Randi Continuing the Myth of her Six Year Teaching Career
PRESSMAN: And how do you feel? (This question was on the survey rating the Chancellor.)
Ms. WEINGARTEN: Look, I think there's a lot of things--frankly, in this instance, my vote is not nearly as important as people who are day-to-day in the schools, you know. I taught myself for six years in this school system. But ultimately...
PRESSMAN: That was Clara Burton--Barton...
Ms. WEINGARTEN: Clara Barton High School.
Randi on Mayoral Control
She's waiting for the School Governance Committee report.
PRESSMAN: So what do you want to do now, bring back the board of--the old board of education?
Ms. WEINGARTEN: There has to be--we have--and I don't mean to punt this question, but I'm about to punt it. We have a committee. I believe in democracy within our union, and we have a governance committee that's been studying all of this. There are clearly--there's clearly been strengths and weaknesses to this governance system for the last seven or eight years. And ultimately, the bottom line for June '09 is to get to a governance system that ensures that every single kid in our charge succeeds. So, governance has to follow instruction. And so ultimately, you need a governance system that makes sure the mission of education is actually done well. So, the committee will report probably either at the end of June or at the beginning of September, and we will champion the committee's, you know, recommendations. But ultimately, some changes need to be done. I don't know exactly where that committee is coming out right now, but I actually want to follow the lead of my members here who are in the trenches every day.
Randi on Being the President of Both UFT &AFT
Let's score one for Norm Scott who believes there is little or no chance of her giving up the UFT Presidency any time soon.
PRESSMAN: And you expect to take over as president of the AFT while you continue as the president of the local here?
Ms. WEINGARTEN: I am--there's an election in July, and at this moment in time no one is running against me, and so assuming--it's--you know, I think everyone else in the world who looks at this stuff assumes that I will be president of the AFT July 14th.
Randi Thinks Bloomberg is Doing a Good Job
We've said all along the UFT is Part of this Fiasco.
PRESSMAN: And we're back here with Randi Weingarten.
So, as it stands now, how do you feel about the mayor in general? Is he doing a good job?
Ms. WEINGARTEN: Look, I think the mayor has--there's--I think the mayor has run this city well. There are things that I don't like about what he's done in the last few months. There are things that he doesn't like about what I've done. And--but ultimately, until the last couple of months where we have not spoken, we had had a very open dialogue.