Archive for November 22nd, 2002

22nd November
2002

First Published in The New York Sun, November 22, 2002
By Andrew Wolf

If a zebra is a horse designed by committee, then the No Child Left Behind Act is a well-intentioned attempt at reform that is fast becoming a monster born of Congressional compromise. This new law, passed with so much promise, has become a nightmare of regulation and red tape. And there’s plenty of blame to go around. Congress needs to address the problems with the new law in the next session, and our state and city need to take steps to make the most of the current law.We don’t have time to waste. Children are being left behind.

We have heard a lot lately about how few parents in the “failing” schools have exercised their right to request a transfer into a better schools. School 483, and did a shoddy job of it. We have some bad schools, but not that many. Ironically, many of the worst didn’t even make the list. (more…)