Archive for April 4th, 2003

4th April
2003

First Published in The New York Sun, April 4, 2003
By Andrew Wolf

When Joel Klein became New York City’s schools chancellor last summer, one of the first things he did was take a field trip to San Diego, Calif. He made this odyssey to see what another former federal prosecutor, Alan Bersin, had accomplished with that city’s school system, which is about one-eighth the size of New York’s.

San Diego is the city where the former New York City chancellor and superintendent, Anthony Alvarado, was tapped to run the instructional program to complement the skills of Mr. Bersin, who, like Mr. Klein, has no background in education. By all accounts, Mr. Klein was quite impressed. Despite academic results in San Diego that are less than inspiring, Mr. Klein seems to be modeling many of his reforms in New York on what he learned out West. (more…)