According to a published article, today, in the New York Sun, Elizabeth Green reports that Michael Mulgrew has been named "in a memo to executive officers" to the post of "chief operating officer." While the article confuses special education with alternative education it is unclear what this appointment means since there is no post of "chief operating officer" in our constitution. (We have no by-laws so we didn't have to check there).
Under the common definition of COO the position as defined in Wikipedia is "A chief operating officer or chief operations officer (COO) is a corporate officer responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the corporation. The COO is one of the highest ranking members of an organization, monitoring the daily operations of the company and reporting to the chief executive officer and/or board of directors. "
So what will Mulgrew do?
As mentioned in Green's article Weingarten, in her appointment, cited Mulgrew's handling of the break-up of District 79 as evidence of his leadership qualities. If this is the evidence we are in trouble.
Mulgrew watched as the DOE destroyed the Alternative High School district piece by piece and then finally, last year, ended by creating hundreds of ATRs and teachers required to interview for their positions. The Alternative High School District had a rich of history of providing education to populations that were not properly served by mainstream schools. The District expanded over the years and offered diplomas to under credited students, adults, incarcerated and hospitalized students in a place where best practices could be exchanged and teachers could learn from each other. Under Klein and his appointment of Cami Anderson, District 79 had to go.
Mulgrew, despite contractual requirements, did nothing to enforce the provisions which would have made this dismantling done with teacher input if it was to be dismantled at all. He watched as the District burned then made an agreement which basically gave the DOE everything it wanted.
Mulgrew can't get elected president on his own. If he stands for election for president in 2010 he'd better watch out.
How long can Randi be the head of both the AFT and UFT?