Archive for August 22nd, 2003

22nd August

First Published in The New York Sun, August 22, 2003

By Andrew Wolf

News has been sparse from the far-flung outposts of New York’s public school empire, a calm before the storm and the disaster that many fear will begin to engulf our children when they return to class in September. The little news received, filtered out of the Tweed fortress by the most active network of rumor and gossip in recent memory, only confirms the worst fears. The buzz in the regional offices, the regional operating centers, and Tweed itself has become a far more reliable source of information than the educational leaders themselves.

When you read between the lines and take a closer look at the little hard and accurate information that trickles out of Tweed, you get a different picture than the one being painted by Chancellor Joel Klein and his deputy for teaching and learning, Diana Lam. (more…)