“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way.”
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities.
A range of other organizations have been exploring tweaks and, for some, more wide ranging changes. A committee of the City Council, the NYC Democratic member of the State Senate, and importantly, the teacher union.
For six years the Department, especially Joel Klein, has stonewalled elected officials. Legislators have small pools of dollars that they dispense to organizations in their community. A legislator wanted to give dollars to a local school, he called the school, the principal refused to speak with him without the prior approval of the DOE Office of Communications.
Principals know they can avoid parents, the only recourse for the parent is to call “311,” …
Will legislators reauthorize the current school governance plan with Joel Klein continuing as chancellor?
Are the moderate Betsy Gotbaum suggestions a path to a new plan? Will Bloomberg compromise, or, fight to the bitter end to retain each and every current item in the law?
For some a Bloomberg third term, and four more years of Joel Klein is a “toxic asset,” and, legislators will insist on substantial changes. Or, maybe the just announced individual teacher report card plan augers new “gentler, kinder” Department of Ed …