April 25, 2020
View this in advance of the HBO airing of Bad Education
For a real eye opener go view and listen to Coach Mike Bayer’s podcast before viewing the movie.
Thanks to COVID-19, Bad Education is getting hyper-press coverage from Newsday to Esquire to the New York Times to CNN, etc. The publicist is on overdrive. Since there are no movie and theatre openings, the film be in the running for the awards season?
Newsday’s recent coverage did not have a balanced response to the hoopla surrounding the movie. Tassone was an educational professional who made deplorable and criminal choices. Serving time does not absolve him from being accountable for his actions. He and his subordinates stole $11.3 million from a public-school district. These actions unequivocally impacted the Roslyn School District, the Roslyn community, and its students for years.
In Coach Mike Bayer’s podcast, Tassone hesitantly admits to lying, cheating, and stealing and claims to be ashamed and guilt-ridden. Tassone cowardly lays the blame on the deceased Gluckin. She left the system in October 2002, yet, the thieving continued and even accelerated. He was led astray by one and only one thing, GREED. A crook is a crook is a crook.
Shockingly, Bayer assuages the damaged Tassone and finds his mea culpa “really inspiring.”
Has he made adequate redress or shown a scintilla of remorse to Roslyn? Hardly! Not only did he take his share of the 11.3 million dollars, but he still collects his $175,000 pension tax-free and his health benefits, paid for by the Roslyn taxpayer.
After years of being in absentia, Tassone’s appearance on Coach Mike Bayer’s podcast is disingenuous. His life’s story of disappointments and failures is unimpressive. Should he be granted salvation for recovering from his criminality like a AAA member? For sixteen years, he chose not to speak to the community! It took a star-studded satirical movie to draw him out of hiding. He’s enjoying the revived celebrity.
Unfortunately, the school district and community will have to contend with the aftereffects of this scathing interpretation. Contrary to its title, Bad Education, the staff delivered a superb education, even when pressured by a “Bad Administration.” The newly hired administrators and elected board have persevered and succeeded in turning around our traumatized system. Regardless of all the “titillating” publicity that Bad Education has generated, the Roslyn School District’s rebuilt reputation will remain intact.
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