Archive for January 2nd, 2004

2nd January
2004

First Published in The New York Sun, January 2, 2004

By Andrew Wolf

On Tuesday, Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Klein got a belated Christmas gift from President Bush and the Department of Justice. They granted “pre-clearance” under the Voting Rights Act to the administration’s plan to deny New York voters any direct say over their school system, other than a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on the mayor himself at four-year intervals. This is not good news for the city.

Four years is just long enough of a period to irreparably damage the education of any child, and a wrong-headed mayor, as this one surely is on education issues, can damage a whole generation of children. It is remarkable that as our soldiers fight the righteous battle to establish democracy in the Middle East, we so cavalierly eliminate it at home.  (more…)