Friday, August 8, 2008
Parking Permits for Teachers
Elizabeth Green reports in the NY Sun that NYC principals have to decide which teachers will be getting the precious parking permits, which have been drastically cut by Bloomberg.
Ed Notes News is reporting that these permits will be allocated to the teachers who get the best scores on standardized tests. Not only will classroom teachers be motivated to work harder, there is the added benefit that they will be able to use all of their time and energy for test prep, not for driving around looking for the very few legal spots that exist. And of course out of classroom teachers and those who teach non testing Grades PreK -2 will either have to take public transport or walk to work. And that will serve to reduce global warming.
The UFT hailed this as a great victory. "They wanted to eliminate all permits but we drew a line in the sand," said a spokesperson for the UFT. "We are forming a bi-partisan committee to spend the year studying whether to ask for the right to deduct the costs of parking tickets from taxes. Expect a report in June 2009."
Thanks to Jeff, Loretta and Gloria