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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 06/19/2010

BP, Bloomberg and teachers: A parody

By Valerie Strauss

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently said that top executives at BP should not be blamed for the gadzillions of gallons of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico from the damaged offshore well.

"The guy who runs BP didn’t exactly go down there and blow up the well," the mayor said on his WOR radio show.

Bloomberg also recently backed away from his proposal to lay off more than 4,400 New York teachers, saying he would freeze salaries instead. The Department of Education still plans to cut nearly 2,000 teacher positions through attrition.

Here’s a news parody that Gary Babad, a clinical social worker, wrote on the NYC Public School Parents blog. Considering how nutty the actual news has been, you can forgive people who read this and thought it was true.

(GBN News): NY City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today reiterated his assertion that BP executives should not be blamed for the ongoing Gulf oil spill. But this time he went even further, telling reporters at a City Hall news conference that accountability should be laid squarely on the shoulders of those who are truly responsible– the teachers unions.

Asked by a reporter how teachers could be held responsible for the disaster when they have nothing whatsoever to do with oil drilling, the Mayor snapped, “I’ve had enough of their whining about accountability.”

As the reporter was hustled out of the room by the Mayor’s security detail, Mr. Bloomberg continued, “Good teachers can make up for problems in children’s environment, like poverty, poor nutrition, lack of parental involvement, absenteeism and drug use. If their unions weren’t blocking reform, c’mon, teachers would certainly be able to deal with a little environmental problem like oil in the Gulf.”

Reaction to the Mayor’s statement was swift. A NY Post editorial praised the Mayor’s stance towards the teachers unions as “courageous”, and went on to say that, “If the teachers had spent as much energy capping the well as they did on capping the charter schools, this whole thing never would have happened.”

Meanwhile, Education Secretary Arne Duncan suggested that Mr. Bloomberg’s statements point up a bright side to the oil spill. “This situation might be even better for our school system than Katrina,” Mr. Duncan told GBN News.

“Because now the teachers unions will finally have to stop making excuses and realize they can’t avoid true accountability.”

In a related story, newly released e-mails suggest that at the urging of charter school magnate Eva Moskowitz, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein has reportedly promised to relocate some New York City public schools to offshore oil rigs to make room for Ms. Moskowitz’ Harlem Success Academy schools.

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By Valerie Strauss  | June 19, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
Tags:  bloomberg and klein, bp oil and bloomberg, parody on bloomberg, teachers and bloomberg, teachers unions and bloomberg  
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Not everyone dismisses socio-economic factors as excuses:

This is a link to a cartoon that shows how difficult it is for Detroit Public School students to make it to graduation. (This was before the latest allegations about leadership there)

Posted by: celestun100 | June 19, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

This is hilarious!

Posted by: aby1 | June 19, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Kind of makes me think of the WaPo editorial that blamed MD teachers for the potholes!

Posted by: musiclady | June 19, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

yeah that is true, major brands do give out free samples of their popular health products best place to get yours is tell your friends and family too

Posted by: jennakirsy | June 20, 2010 1:43 AM | Report abuse

How about, instead of speaking indiscriminately & excusing obvious negligent & corrupt behavior from Self serving individuals & corporations, miniscule bloomberg go ahead & compensate the professional workers in his charge with a good portion of those $20 BILLION he hordes away while The Department of Education struggles to maintain an adequate staff to educate young minds.

Posted by: ConsciousImmortality | June 20, 2010 1:44 AM | Report abuse

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