Diaz To Bloomberg: Fire Your Education Team

Written by John DeSio on . Posted in Education, Posts.

Bronx State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz, who also serves as the president of the influential New York City Hispanic Clergy Organization, is demanding that Mayor Mike Bloomberg call for the resignation of both his handpicked Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and his Deputy Mayor for Education Dennis Walcott.

Rev. Diaz was an initial supporter of Bloomberg’s push for mayoral control of the schools while he served in the City Council in 2001. Now, Rev. Diaz is calling Bloomberg’s team an abject failure when it comes to school management, and is demanding that both Klein and Walcott’s heads roll for it.

"Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott
and Chancellor Joel Klein were chosen by you 
to  help  you 
achieve  your goal to be “The
Education Mayor”.  They are supposed  to 
advise  you  and clean the mess; instead, it is sad to see
that  the 
Department  of  Education 
you created in place of the School Board 
is  a  mess. 
You created School Districts to fix the
problem and that  was  a  mess
that now you are dismantling to create something new. You  created 
the  idea of smaller children
sharing the same school with teenage  
students.    Big   mistake.   
You  are  building 
schools  in contaminated  soil 
filled  with  chemicals 
only  in Black and Hispanic areas.  Another big mistake.  You are killing our children!!" writes Rev. Diaz.

Towards the end of the letter, Rev. Diaz states that Bloomberg will tarnish his legacy on education if he continues to listen to to Walcott and Klein. "In order to protect our
children’s education, stop parents’ anguish, fix  the 
chaos  in  the 
system, and for you to avoid further embarrassment, Dennis  Walcott 
and  Chancellor Klein should
resign or your should fire them," he writes.