Target: New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg
Goal: Re-configure the proposed budget to avoid slashing 2,500 teaching positions as well as money normally directed at educational aides.
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has recently submitted what is to be his final budget proposal to state officials. Within it, he chronicles a plan to cut 2,500 teaching jobs within the next year, as well as divert funds from other education-related sources. The mayor needs to re-consider this proposal in order to support his city’s schools and children.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo recently set a January 17 deadline for the city teachers’ union to strike a deal with the city for an updated teacher evaluation plan. The deadline passed with no deal. Bloomberg is using this failed attempt at making said deal as his reasoning for the budget and personnel cuts.
What he should be doing is working harder to broker a deal between the two parties so that such financial hits do not have to exist. When education funding dips, the children are the ones who suffer. With 2,500 fewer teachers at the city’s disposal, that will represent a reduced learning opportunity for a large number of children. The budget also outlined plans to cut funding for after-school activities for children as well as government aid for school supplies and textbooks, which also will not help.
Bloomberg needs to re-think his decision here. The city cannot afford to slash so many teaching positions, or any aid in terms of supplies and books. Bloomberg needs to do two things: work toward creating a deal between the city and the teachers’ union, and then submit a new budget proposal that either eliminates the educational cuts or greatly scales them back.
Dear Mayor Bloomberg,
Your recent budget proposal has included a plan to slash 2,500 teaching jobs and also decrease funding for school books and other supplies. This is not an adequate way to move forward from a financial standpoint; the children of your city cannot be negatively affected in this manner.
It is true that there is currently not a deal between the city and the teachers’ union for an updated evaluation plan. But what needs to happen here is an exchange of peace between the two parties and a compromise reached, followed by a newly instituted budgetary plan that does not include such significant cuts.
Your city’s educational system will only grow weaker if you limit its resources and staff. This is not a situation that you want to place your city in. Find a way to make a deal with the teachers’ union and then re-consider the budget proposal. It is what your city’s educational system truly needs.
[Your Name Here]
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