Archive for January 17th, 2003

17th January
2003

First Published in The New York Sun, January 17, 2003
By Andrew Wolf

Mayor Bloomberg could go down in history as having done for the city’s schools what Mayor La Guardia did to revive the city as a whole back in the 1930s. Or yesterday’s big speech on education could mark the beginning of a disastrous political debacle for the businessman-turned-mayor. As usual, the devil is in the details.

The mayor painted a lot of broad strokes when he gave his speech Wednesday morning. His serious tone was right on target. But his plan was devoid of detail. In terms of organizational structure, the creation of 100 or so local networks directly supervised by “local instructional supervisors” is right on the money. Less clear to me is what role the 10 “regional superintendents” will play. Most importantly, however, as Sol Stern of the Manhattan Institute has pointed out, Mr. Bloomberg proposed these far-reaching changes without the usual whining for more money. (more…)