City Principals Prefer Half-Hour Sitcoms

The Sun reports this morning that schools chief Joel Klein is trying to hold a meeting with the city's principals on Saturday morning, and that the principals are balking. (You know, because God forbid public employees be asked to work a few minutes more than called for under their union contracts.) To lure them out, Klein has offered a pair of Broadway tickets — and for good shows, too, like Sweeney Todd or Doubt or Dirty Rotten, not for standard giveaway dreck like Les Miz or, worse, Ring of Fire — if they attend. Naturally, the principals' union is incensed by this, and individual principals report being unswayed. For example Sandra Bridges, principal at "the highly regarded P.S. 234 in TriBeCa," who will instead by "be heading out to the country for the weekend":

Asked if she felt upset that she would be missing out on free tickets, Ms. Bridges said, "I hate musicals, and usually plays are a little too long for me."

What, you thought the principal might have an attention span longer than her elementary-school kids do? Ha.

Klein Is Using Broadway Tickets to Entice Kids to a Meeting [NYSun]