Archive for March 12th, 2004

12th March
2004

First Published in The New York Sun, March 12, 2004

By Andrew Wolf

The idea that the forced resignations of the deputy chancellor for teaching and learning, Diana Lam, and general counsel Chad Vignola has somehow resolved the problems at the Department of Education is one that should be resisted. The underlying problems that caused the scandal are still there and must be addressed. 

On Monday, Ms. Lam was asked to resign following revelations made in a report issued a week ago by the special investigator for the New York City Schools, Richard J. Condon. The report outlines the events surrounding Ms. Lam’s attempt to secure a job with the Department of Education for her husband, Peter Plattes. Mr. Vignola was implicated by the report as having coordinated efforts to cover up the hiring of Mr. Plattes, by terming him a “volunteer.” He resigned Wednesday evening. (more…)