Archive for February 2nd, 2005

2nd February
2005

First Published in The New York Sun, February 2, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

As much as the mayor would prefer that it not become an issue, the way he has been running the schools may well become the top issue in the upcoming campaign. Several candidates are already sharpening the knives in what promises to be the highest stakes test of all: who gets virtually unlimited control over the nation’s largest school system. Mayor Bloomberg and his direct appointee, Chancellor Klein, now have total say over filling thousands of top-level jobs paying more than $100,000 a year. The concentration of that amount of patronage in one person’s hands is unprecedented in the history of New York or any other city.
The counter-offensive is already beginning.

The City Council speaker, Gifford Miller, is taking his oversight panel on the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit on the road, hitting Queens tomorrow and setting a series of “cyber-hearings” on the Internet as well. Mr. Miller has (more…)