Archive for August 29th, 2003

29th August

First Published in The New York Sun, August 29, 2003

By Andrew Wolf

Thousands of suddenly ex-teachers are standing on unemployment lines because they failed to meet qualifications for state certification. Doubts remain about whether the same standards will be applied to those hand-selected for the higher posts in New York City’s school system.

The chair of the Assembly Education Committee, Steve Sanders, reports that 25 of the 113 Local Instructional Superintendents still lack the proper state certification to hold their posts. That number was even higher when the $135,000-ayear educrats were appointed by Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and the deputy for instruction, Diana Lam, last spring, the State Education Department reports. Mr. Sanders raised this issue with Mr. Klein at a public hearing in early July.The chancellor assured the assemblyman that anyone not in compliance with state law would be removed by the start of school. (more…)