Archive for May 9th, 2003

9th May

First Published in The New York Sun, May 9, 2003

By Andrew Wolf

The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday revealed that only 35% of New Yorkers approve of Mayor Bloomberg’s handling of education issues, while 52% disapprove. Quite the change in mood since last year, when there was a consensus that the schools needed change, in the form of mayoral control of the system. The mayor enjoyed near-total support from the public, parents, the Legislature, and the direct stakeholders in the established system, such as the United Federation of Teachers and the Council of Supervisors and Administrators.

But the attitude, the lack of a truly open process, and the contempt for the law exhibited by the mayor and Schools Chancellor Klein has left those supporters feeling betrayed. The Tweed Ring lives in a dream world.
As Exhibit A, take a retreat that was held last week at the IBM Palisades Conference Center for the more than 100 “local instructional supervisors.”These are the $135,000-a-year public employees whose names the Department of Education refuses to reveal. Also enjoying the overnight hospitality at the Rockland County facility were a gaggle of other bureaucrats who will soon populate the 10 new regional offices, and the halls of Tweed.