A few things that you may not have gleaned from The New York Times story about the temporary rejection of a contract for TNTP to recruit and train new teachers by the city’s comptroller. First, the idea that Comptroller Liu is at all independent is ridiculous. He held his victory party at UFT (the city’s teachers union) headquarters for God’s sake. Second, this is about politics, but more than just back and forth on some others issues the article references and Liu’s mayoral ambitions and desire to jab a current mayor Bloomberg – it’s also about TNTP’s advocacy for the outrageous idea of ending “last in/first out” policies in New York, too. There is a quote in there about that but it’s delightfully backwards! Finally, substantively, teachers are not interchangeable and attention to shortage subjects is a big deal. That’s not a minor issue, it’s a key reason districts are changing how they hire. In any event, this is all politics and playing for the crowd, the contract will be approved in the end.