Thursday, February 11, 2016


NYSUT has sued to strike down State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia's decision to abrogate the collective bargaining agreement in five Buffalo schools.

I am not a lawyer and don't know how strong the case is but I don't believe a lawsuit will be enough to stop receivership. Receivership is part of the anti-public school Education Transformation Act of 2015.

While I support the lawsuit, fighting to get rid of the law that created receivership is necessary as it seems to me the law allows the State Education Commissioner to appoint a receiver who can put aside union contracts in certain schools. If the Commissioner didn't follow the law to the letter, then a lawsuit is not a bad idea. However, a movement to repeal the law that created receivership would seem like a much better tactic or at least one that should be used along with the lawsuit.

Unfortunately, it seems our state union as well as the local leader up in Buffalo does not wish to consider such a movement so we might win a battle here and there but it doesn't look good in terms of winning the war against Cuomo's anti public education Education Transformation Act of 2015.

In addition, this lawsuit only impacts schools not labeled persistently struggling if I read it correctly. Those in persistently struggling schools might be thrown under the bus.

Can someone please explain to me why our union is not attempting to repeal Cuomo's awful education law?


Anonymous said...

Randi supports Cuomo's break the public schools monopoly agenda.

Abigail Shure

Unknown said...

I suspect Mikey and Randi have an agreement in place with Cuomo not to challenge the law. It's what they do. In fact I'd be shocked if there were any other reason for not challenging it.

Brian said...

When I asked Karen Magee that exact question and I was basically told that it's none of my damn business.

James Eterno said...

Your union always working for you Brian.

Anonymous said...

None of our business? Who does she think she works for? It is most definitely our business.

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Unknown said...

Punchy Mike probably told Mrs. Magoo to say that. Don't take it personally unless of course you want to get your head shoved in the dirt..