In 2004, for instance, he had his way on testing by firing and replacing three members of the dissenting members of his appointed Panel for Educational Policy, which replaced publicly-elected Boards. Then his crowing could be heard all the way across the river in Jersey:
''This is what mayoral control is all about,'' Mr. Bloomberg said last night. ''In the olden days, we had a board that was answerable to nobody. And the Legislature said it was just not working, and they gave the mayor control. Mayoral control means mayoral control, thank you very much. They are my representatives, and they are going to vote for things that I believe in.''By the way, the latest replacement on the toothless Panel went largely unnoticed this past week, but, then, who would care besides the appointee's mother--and Goldman Sachs, of course:
Also on Friday, Mr. Bloomberg announced that the chairman of the Panel for Educational Policy, David C. Chang, had resigned on Nov. 5. Mr. Chang, the chancellor of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, was one of the original members of the panel, the successor to the city’s Board of Education. The panel is controlled by the mayor and has no significant power. In Mr. Chang’s place, Mr. Bloomberg named Robert Reffkin, an executive at Goldman Sachs.And so now Bloomberg has put forward as Chancellor an iron-fisted blonde party pal plutocrat from the Upper East Side who has perfected the art of firing people and shrinking organizations. The top results when I did a quick Google search of "Hearst layoffs":
Michelle Obama may end up on the cover of Vogue in the next few months: "It ...
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Aug 23, 2010 ... O'Brien's protest to Hearst that the layoffs were inappropriate because the two sides had just started negotiating layoff criteria received ...
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Nov 6, 2008 ... This time at Hearst. Folio: is reporting that Hearst has “Hearst has confirmed that layoffs have been made company-wide.” No word yet on the ...
Discussing his choice this week of Cathleen P. Black, the chairwoman of Hearst Magazines, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said on his radio show on Friday that a more public search for chancellor would have been damaging.
“To go through a lengthy process in the middle of a school year is just not something in our kids’ interest,” Mr. Bloomberg said. Besides, he said, nobody would apply if the process were too public, because “it’s too embarrassing to them if they don’t get selected.”The lesson for you, boys and girls: Let the school principal appoint class president and prom queen. It is too embarrassing to risk not getting chosen by your fellow students. Could be very damaging. And not very efficient, either, with all the work we have to do before the test that gets us ready for the test.