Archive for February 18th, 2005

18th February
2005

First Published in The New York Sun, February 18, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

Gifted and talented programs are the third rail of the politics of education in New York. These programs are popular in the neighborhoods where they still exist. Most have fallen to the leveler’s ax years ago. The former deputy chancellor for teaching and learning, Diana K. Lam, may have sealed her fate when she suggested that the Department of Education was re-evaluating them. The outcry made her a political liability.

The recent disclosure that a secret panel was studying the issue precipitated the introduction of a bill in the City Council to protect and expand the programs, introduced by Council Member Lewis Fidler. (more…)

18th February
2005

First Published in The New York Sun, February 18, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

There are rumors floating around Bronx Republican circles that Mayor Bloomberg may still be denied the endorsement of the county GOP organization.

It is expected that a formal endorsement will not be made until April, by which time the former state senator, Guy Velella, will have been released from Rikers Island. Velella relinquished his post as Bronx County Republican Leader upon his conviction. The spot is now held by Victor Tosi, a long-time ally of the former senator. (more…)