Bloomberg Makes Student Loan Offer To New Teachers In State Of The City Address

Mayor Says If You Come To Big Apple And Stay He'll Pay You $25,000

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) —  There’s a new battle underway to save New York City’s failing schools.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has threatened to fire up to half of the teachers at struggling institutions in all five boroughs, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

“The best teachers stay. The least effective go,” Bloomberg said.

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It was a battle cry — Bloomberg vowing to sidestep a labor dispute and fix 33 failing schools by getting rid of up to half the teachers. And he said he can do it under a turn-around provision in the exisiting contract with the teachers’ union.

“Great teachers make an enormous difference  and ineffective teachers are hurting our students’ futures we cannot allow,” Bloomberg said.

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Sources told Kramer on Thursday that each school will be able to develop its own criteria for assessing teachers and for getting rid of them.

United Federation of Teacher President Michael Mulgrew called the mayor’s proposal “teacher bashing.”

“I don’t understand. What he’s doing is basically a fantasy world,” Mulgrew said. “He can say whatever he wants to say in his speech. I’m telling you right now that’s not what’s in the best interest of those children or those schools.”

The mayor said he needs to get rid of the teachers in order to salvage some $60 million in school improvement grants for the failing schools.

“We have just got to say are we here for the teachers or are we here for the students? And I know what side I’m on,” Bloomberg said.

1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reports

In his annual state of the city speech the mayor offered other bold ideas for improving the quality of teachers. For instance, teachers rated “highly effective” two years in a row will get a $20,000 bonus. And to recurit good teachers he offered to help pay off the student loans of those who graduate in the top 10-percent of their class.

“Come teach in our schools and if you commit to stay we’ll pay off up to $25,000 of your student loans,” Bloomberg said.

The mayor said he’s also going to help high school students apply for federal financial aid in order to go to college.

The mayor also said he would support a proposal from Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to raise the state minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.

What do you make of the mayor’s offer? Sound Off below

  • Stop Political Corectness

    Please Mr Mayor the teachers are not the problem.



    Thats it NO MORE Ghetto Ebonics will be accepted….read write and speak English..yes that means black people too…

  • Chester West

    I agree with the union on this one. The City MUST protect the worst teachers AT ALL COSTS. In fact, the state should pass a law BANNING good teachers in City schools. That way, suburban schools will always be better than the City’s, the way they’re supposed to be.

  • The Realist

    How does a plan to reward the best teachers constitute “teacher bashing”? How is it not “in the best interest of those children or those schools” to get rid of bad teachers?

  • Rhiannon

    Oh please cease opening thy mouth your most beneficent merciful excelleny, King Mike

  • Raymond Leslie

    Twenty five thousand dollars is chicken feed, bloomberg of all people should know that.

  • B smith

    Passing in the top 10% does not make you a good teacher, it just means you did well in your subjects and passed with good grades. This as we know does not translate into an effective or good teacher, seeing as grade performance has shown no improvements since Bloomberg’s plans went into effect, does he not have the common sense to realize that what ” He” is doing is failing not the teachers or schools, and as we have seen consistently with the Mayor its all about snagging money from somewhere else to fill the gaps in the budget that he as mayor caused in the first place.

  • E

    That was the WORST video eva.

    Bloomy looks like a pedafile at the end~~~

  • Art

    Perhaps Mr. Mayor would like to offer an incentive to parents of under achieving students to somehow motivate them to learn. It is not the teachers fault there is a total lack of motivation on the part of students to learn.

  • so sad

    Mike get your head out of your A S S. I’ve never seen a bigger fool in charge.You put people in charge of schools that have no experience. What did you expect ?Do this city a favor and leave office,before you screw anything else up!!

  • steve

    Highly effective is extremely subjective. The problem is that ineffective leaders are given the authority to pass this judgement. Who’s to say whether the mayor or these principals are effective?? Schools are failing in neighborhoods where they lack the home-school connection. Who is assessing the most important education (parental) these children are receiving which most often negates the education they receive in school?? Bloomberg should take the stick out of his ass and address reality. Get in thoe classrooms and see for yourself what’s going on. Or is he afraid that he’s not going to have a clue what’s happening. Most people in power, including the ineffective principals, would never be able to go an “effective week” in the life of a teacher…

  • mike

    Absolute madness. I suppose if the “highly effective” teachers fall off in performance we can get the 20 thou back, or better yet fire them. Mayor Bloomberg’s solution for his inept and chaotic school management is add more chaos!

  • sammy

    Get ready for one of the Greatest stories ever told !!!!!!
    One mans view – The only view –
    Then we come back to reality LOL

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