Archive for August 8th, 2003

8th August
2003

First Published in The New York Sun, August 8, 2003

By Andrew Wolf

Summertime, 2004, and the livin’ is real easy for New York City’s failing students. Schools Chancellor Joel Klein can barely disguise his disdain for the city’s suddenly controversial summer school program, which was initiated as part of the effort to end social promotion during the brief alliance between the “Two Rudys,”former Mayor Giuliani and former Chancellor Crew.

These classes are offered to children who failed to meet promotional standards and are being held back. For the most part these are children who scored at “level one” — far below grade level — in either reading, math, or both. They are tutored in small groups, and at the conclusion of the fiveweek session are re-tested. If they pass, they move up to the next grade.It is a last chance for students to win promotion and avoid repeating a grade, or for the high school students, a class failed. (more…)