Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Back to School Supplies
Yes, it's that time of year again. Time for our annual notice and celebratory letter from LeRoy touting our victorious Teacher's Choice amount. They're not sure how much it is this year, but you can bet it will be less than the $250 a year we used to get. The city has a surplus, but hey that's not for our Teacher's Choice or the money owed to us from the last contract or health care or smaller class sizes. I digress. The mayor has just recently down graded the suspension policy again - no suspension for first or second graders and principal's can ask for the removal of metal detector's at their discretion. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/de-blasio-school-metal-detection-suspension-rules-article-1.2721066 I don't really have a problem with not suspending first or second graders, why should they be the only ones in NYC public schools being suspended? My problem is with metal detectors being pulled out of schools. Would a principal be so naive as to make that request? Would the city honor that request? Come to your own conclusions and preview Gregory Floyd's, the head of the Safety Officers union, remark in the above referenced article : “Unfortunately this is going to lead to more children bringing weapons to schools,” Floyd said. “There could be a mass shooting. The mayor is making schools less safe.”
The first item on your Teacher's Choice list should be a bullet proof vest. They are perfectly legal to own, but are usually quite expensive, but look at the alternative - how much is your life worth? The cheapest I could find is BulletSafe at $299 http://www.bulletsafe.com/bullet-proof-vest.html?gclid=CjwKEAjwiYG9BRCkgKG45S323oSJABnykKAV872cQxCd1sBz9xk0vz5Z2kg19CJxyi_V_6Ojg-uAhoCohDw_wcB
That leaves nothing for actual supplies, so perhaps the UFT could waive a couple of months of union dues to make up for the deficit?