Archive for May 12th, 2003

12th May

First Published in The New York Sun, May 12, 2003

By Andrew Wolf

The Bloomberg administration is desperately trying to salvage its Children First education initiative in the face of opposition from the teachers, the principals, the legislators who gave the mayor control of the schools, and, most importantly, the electorate. And it is clear that the administration will stop at nothing, even outright deception, to save its sinking ship.

Yesterday, Department of Education officials fanned out to black churches throughout the city, trying to restore support in the community for the mayor’s education initiative — the most recent Quinnipiac College poll shows that only 24% of blacks approve of the mayor’s handling of the issue. This followed an outing Friday where Schools Chancellor Klein engaged in a clumsy effort to preempt the president of the United Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, who was set to attack the Children First initiative on Saturday. Mr. Klein held a press conference at Tweed Courthouse, the Department of Education’s new headquarters, with a number of well-known groups such as 100 Black Men, the Urban League, and Aspira. (more…)