Bloomberg Says Cutting New Teachers First Is 'Craziness'

Mayor Bloomberg this morning blasted union rules that protect older teachers from being laid off.

Speaking to WOR Friday, the mayor said employment should not be determined by length of career but rather teachers' performance, despite the difficulty inherent in measuring that figure.

"The bottom line is, just to say, 'Well, Since it's hard to measure, we won't measure. Let's just use last in, first out'-- that's craziness. And the governor's got the same problem for state workers.'"

Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Andrew Cuomo have both indicated that the size of the public workforce may have to shrink in order to close the multibillion dollar budget gaps facing the city and state.