January 6, 2013 Dear Mayor Bloomberg: As parents, community leaders and elected officials who care about the

city's public schools, we are shocked by your comments that compare the United Federation of Teachers to the National Rifle Association. Coming three weeks after the senseless killings in Newtown, CT., such an offensive comparison not only vilifies New York City teachers, but also mocks the work they do every day to educate, uplift and protect our children. Your comments are particularly inappropriate given the fact that the UFT was among the first organizations to provide counseling and assistance to the teachers and staff of Newtown after the tragedy. You have earned a national reputation for speaking out against the excesses of the NRA. Your comments Friday, however, show astonishingly poor judgment and are unworthy of you, your position and your record. You owe the teachers of New York City and their union an immediate and unconditional apology. Sincerely,

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