The dispute between New York City and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 is the result of a decision by the Bloomberg administration to allow competitive bidding for school bus contracts. But lower bids would mean no job security for current school bus drivers.
This treacherous assault on a vital public institution is little more than what Joseph Conrad described as, "Personal impulses disguised as creeds." You have the sense that the teacher may go the way of the Dodo bird.
Of course you've never seen a State of the City speech. If the mayor expected you to care about it, he wouldn't do it in the middle of the afternoon. But there is a nice tea-leaf quality to this annual ritual. You can get a sense of what the Big Man really wants us to pay attention to.
Why did it take me this long to find about the heretofore secret gospel? You know, the one where it says "On the eighth day, God created the billionaires and said, 'And they shall know all about education.'"