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Lew's View: UFT lawsuits

Lew Leone is the vice president and general manager of WNYW-FOX 5. He is taking to the airwaves with his thoughts on current affairs. It's called "Lew's View." The views expressed are not necessarily those of the station or its employees.

In this edition, Mr. Lew Leone comments on the teachers union and its lawsuits stalling school reform.

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Good educators are always looking for teachable moments.

While Mayor Mike Bloomberg is not an educator he took the opportunity this week to school teachers union boss Mike Mulgrew.

Mr. Mulgrew faces accusations of a classroom sex scandal and cover-up.

The union chief denies any wrongdoing and characterized the charges as false and absurd. His predecessor, Randi Weingarten, now head of the national union, called the allegations utterly baseless in fact.

The two educators clearly in need of some tutoring enabled the mayor to step in and teach them a lesson. Mayor Mike said he was glad to hear that the union suddenly opposes lawsuits that are full of absurd, false charges.

The mayor went on to inform that he presumes that the union will now withdraw its own lawsuits that are trying to block us from fixing our worst schools so that they can protect failing teachers.

The union needs to accept this and stop its real destructive behavior. From charter schools, to performance evaluations, to failing schools, accountability and every other effort to reform our schools the union's tactics have been to stall, obstruct progress, and file frivolous lawsuits. Their actions are clearly not in the best interest of our children and only serve to protect adult union members.

I strongly believe that the union wants to stall any and all progress for another 19 months until the mayor's term is over. Right now it appears that all of the probable candidates are a more friendly option for the union than Bloomberg. It will be a crime for the union to hold New York City schoolchildren hostage until the election.

I urge you to contact Mr. Mulgrew and ask him to do the right thing, quit stalling, stop the tap dancing, and get on board with the reform Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Dennis Walcott are trying to achieve.

Thank you.

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