Archive for December 20th, 2002

20th December
2002

First Published in The New York Sun, December 20, 2002
By Andrew Wolf

When Mayor Bloomberg won his fight to take control of the city’s school system, one question left unanswered was the fate of the city’s community school boards. A 20-member panel has been appointed to hold hearings on their status. The first hearing in the Bronx was held yesterday.

The idea of community control of the public schools took shape in the mid-1960s, when it became clear that changing demographics and white flight had made racial integration of New York City’s schools a virtual impossibility. Community control of the schools through these school boards found a receptive ear among the growing number of militants who were more interested in running the schools than integrating them. (more…)