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Because Bloomberg isn't this city's only benevolent dictator, his Chancellor of the Department of Education is facing down
the United Federation of Teachers for more flexibile, performance-based policies for hiring, firing, tenure and salary. You know, "accountability"--which sounds great, except for his draconian passive-aggression (Rubber Rooms!) and the fact that "performance" is measured, predominantly, through extensive standardized testing, which leads to teachers spending entire semesters "teaching the test" (before finally giving in and offering hand-me-down bubble-filling shortcuts: "If 'homoeostasis' is one of the options, pick it"), and (thanks, No Child Left Behind!) the outsourcing of valuable classroom hours, and untold resources, to "coaches" from for-profit corporations.