Archive for March 14th, 2003

14th March
2003

First Published in The New York Sun, March 14 , 2003
By Andrew Wolf

In the months since I began writing this column, I have met, spoken with, and established correspondence with scores of teachers, administrators, parents, political leaders, and scholars with a deep knowledge of education issues. Within this group there is often disagreement as to the exact direction the school system should take. But among the varying viewpoints there is one area of nearuniversal concern: the secrecy and lack of transparency surrounding the mayor’s educational reforms.

In a city that insists on public hearings, or “sunshine,” for things as trivial as adding a sidewalk café onto an existing restaurant, the total restructuring of our schools — arguably our city’s most important civic endeavor — is being undertaken in total darkness. (more…)