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City teachers need a new contract

Well, here we are one year later and still the public school teachers in New York City do not have a new contract.

Why? What is the delay with regard to this critical issue? The teachers of this city are hardworking professionals who deserve a decent, fair and livable wage increase and a new contract. Now with the threat of over 6,000 teacher layoffs in 2011-12, it is all the more reason for the city Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers to negotiate a new contract. There should be no more delays for any reason.

Also, we should have someone who has educational experience to be the next city schools chancellor, not some noneducational crony of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The mayor seems to ignore the general will of the public in every situation and makes decisions without public input, which is not right.

Give the hardworking teachers of this city what they deserve: a fair, just and livable contract with a decent raise. Also, we teachers need to be treated as professionals with the utmost respect.

John Amato

Fresh Meadows

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