Archive for March 19th, 2004

19th March
2004

First Published in The New York Sun, March 19, 2004

By Andrew Wolf

The idea of accountability of our school system is clearly one that resonates. No one was comfortable with a system that seemed to stumble along in a self-perpetuating cycle of mediocrity. That is why public clamor finally gave to Mayor Bloomberg what had eluded his predecessors — Mayors Koch, Dinkins, and Giuliani — control over the schools. 

    But, in truth, there is little accountability here. We will only have one opportunity to hold the mayor accountable: on November 8, 2005. One of the unintended consequences of the imposition of term limits is that voters get only one shot to judge Mr. Bloomberg’s effectiveness. There is no guarantee that the schools will even be at the top of the list of concerns that day.  (more…)