VICTORY: CUNY Rescinds Big Paycheck for Petraeus
The City University of New York revealed its priorities when it offered former CIA Director David Petraeus $150,000—and the support of two teaching assistants—to teach a seminar for 16 students. This was nearly 50 times the typical salary of $3,000 offered to CUNY adjunct faculty doing the same job on their own. City Council Member Brad Lander of the New York City Council Progressive Caucus created a MoveOn Petition to CUNY asking them to rescind the offer and put the funds toward supporting low-income students or hiring more teachers. After the petition gathered signatures from more than 3,000 MoveOn members, Petraeus’ lawyer announced that he would be teaching the class for just $1.