Before teachers are pressed to accept anything other than a fair contract, the D.O.E. needs to identify ways to reform its willfully incompetent management of the school system’s resources by reducing administrative overhead, fraud and abuse -- and by opening its books for complete inspection by parents, teachers and education policymakers. Nothing less would be fair.... Harry Lirtzman, Schoolbook
If you don’t get a raise next year or don’t get paid retroactively for the last two rounds of contracts it won’t be because of “the economics.” It will be because of “the politics.” And the politics connected with the next round of contract negotiations will be the fiercest in a generation. Michael Bloomberg and the people who have run this City are still coming for us and we need to be ready for them.... Harry Lirtzman, MORE blog.If You Know Harry Like We Know Harry. And it's been a pleasure knowing Harry.
Harry Lirtzman has become a MORE stalwart very quickly. He only taught a few years and his career is varied and interesting. Harry brings so much to the table and here he delivers a 5 course meal.
From the MORE blog
MORE Member Harry Lirtzman, former high school special education math teacher and former deputy state comptroller, speaks out about the bloated and wasteful DOE budget on Schoolbook.org, in a followup to his piece for MORE on the UFT contract negotiations.
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Check it out here: http://www.wnyc.org/story/opinion-cut-waste-coming-table-over-teachers-contract/