Archive for June 13th, 2003

13th June

First Published in The New York Sun, June 13, 2003

By Andrew Wolf

When all sides declare victory, it’s the little guy who’d better watch out. That’s the case with the settlement announced Tuesday between the city’s Department of Education and a group of state legislators and unions. The lawmakers and unions had sued the city over the structural changes Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Klein are making to the school system.

In their zeal for change, Messrs. Bloomberg and Klein apparently couldn’t wait to negotiate a proper structure with the state Legislature and the governor. Instead, the mayor and the chancellor announced their replacement of the 32 community school districts with 10 regions, and even made key appointments to the top positions in the new configuration, before a commission created by the Legislature to study the issue had a chance to come to any conclusions. (more…)