Friday, November 26, 2010

From Red to Black to Green: State Ed Should Investigate NYC Schools

It's apparently quite difficult to buy the media and its presses in order to print news in New York City, NOT 9/11 related...


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Green Party of New York City will apply for the job of Chair of Hearst Magazines that Cathie Black is vacating. Ms. Black has been nominated ...

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Nov 26, 2010 ... Green Party Teachers to Apply for Cathie Black's Position as Chair of Hearst Magazines. Greens Oppose Black's Nomination, Launches Campaign ...

Hearst Exec Cathie Black To Succeed Joel Klein As NYC Schools ...

Nov 9, 2010 ... Cathie Black, the chair of Hearst Magazines, was hailed by Hizzoner ... to the city's 80000 public school teachers, whose union has at times ...


The check's been - Cached - on November Ninth. Deliciously a-literate!

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November 26, 2010

Alan Singer

Alan Singer

Social studies educator, Hofstra University

Posted: November 11, 2010 10:29 AM

During the past few days I have received emails from friends and readers wanting to know my response to the resignation of Joel Klein as New York City Schools Chancellor and Mayor Michael Bloomberg's nomination of Cathie "Hearst" Black to succeed Klein. It took me a couple of days to clarify the issues for myself. Here is my reply.

I agree with the Barrons. But not only do I want the appointment blocked, I want the State Education Department to use this as an opportunity to launch a full-scale investigation of the Bloomberg-Klein regime's performance while in charge of the city's public schools during the past eight years. Personally, I would like to see dictatorial Mayoral control over the schools end and be replaced by a system of checks and balances that includes a decision-making role for the City Council as well as for parents and teachers.

Leonie Haimson of the advocacy group Class Size Matters charges that Klein is leaving behind a legacy of classroom overcrowding, communities fighting over the placement of new mini-schools, kindergarten waiting lists, unreliable school grades based on faulty test scores, the abandonment of the arts and humanities in favor of intensive test prep. Meanwhile, the teachers are working without a contract, which promises a new round of confrontation between the Department of Education and the people who are responsible for educating our children.

Mayor Bloomberg nominated Cathie Black to replace Klein after a secret search that was so secret no one in the New York City Department of Education or the New York State Education Department even knew that Klein was leaving. No real search was ever done and no effort was made to find a candidate with the credentials to run a major school system. Bloomber described Black as "a superstar manager who has succeeded spectacularly in the private sector." Black is the chair of Hearst Magazines, which publishes Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, and Good Housekeeping. What Bloomberg neglected to mention was that this world-class manager was demoted over the summer from president of Hearst Magazines, the position where she actually managed things.

Basically, the entire situation in New York City stinks. During the Bloomberg-Klein regime, test scores have been inflated, parents were ignored, teachers and their representatives were berated and scapegoated, and students were shifted around between equally ill-performing schools.

Not only is Klein jumping ship, but he is going to work for the enemy. His new job will be as an executive vice president for Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation (owner of Fox News) where he will earn millions of dollars promoting entrepreneurial opportunities in education. As far as I can tell, that means finding ways to dismantle public school systems so private companies can move in and make mega-profits at the expense of taxpayers, parents, teachers, and children.


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