Archive for November 29th, 2002

29th November
2002

First Published in The New York Sun, November 29, 2002
By Andrew Wolf

Two events in the past year have given new hope for the public schools here in New York and throughout the country. It was hoped that mayoral control of the Board of Education (now renamed the Department of Education) would mark the beginning of a new day of accountability. As I have pointed out on these pages over the past few months, little more than the name and address have changed.

The other cause for hope was the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act, which many hoped would result in an education system that would better respond to the critical needs of poor children who typically are among the lowest performing students.

In my column last week I enumerated a number of problems with this new law. Friends, we are just scratching the surface. (more…)