Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Subtraction by Addition

Despite the fact the Mayor Bloomberg announced Sunday that the city would get an additional 1.6 billion dollars in education funding from the Obama stimulus plan, Joel Klein has seen fit to threaten teachers with layoffs. NY1 reports that Klein threatened to cut the education workforce by 12% through attrition and layoffs.

All I can say it that it's a good thing Obama's plan didn't give the city 10 billion, or Klein would have had us all shot.

Oddly enough, as I was writing this, I received the Dear Chancellor's Teacher Update email, wherein he says, "I testified in Albany today about the Department of Education's budget situation. As you can read in my testimony, we have a budget gap of $1.4 billion for the coming school year. While this is obviously a high number and would have a large impact on all of our operations, I am hoping that a Federal Stimulus Package will come through and help us to fill this gap. I will keep you posted as we learn more."

Pardon me, but didn't the stimulus bill already pass, and didn't the DOE get 1.6 billion? Isn't 1.6 billion more than 1.4 billion?

Good thing Klein doesn't have to take the math test in March.

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