Archive for June, 2007

29th June
2007

First Published in The New York Sun, June 29, 2007

By Andrew Wolf

The decision of the Supreme Court to bar race-based “voluntary” desegregation plans will have the powerful effect of supporting the concept of neighborhood schools.

This has important implications in New York City, where the Department of Education has structured its gifted and talented programs to foster “diversity” and “equity” through a busing program. (more…)

22nd June
2007

First Published in The New York Sun, June 22, 2007

By Andrew Wolf

Last week was a good one for Gail and Herman Badillo, arguably New York’s first couple when it comes to matters educational.

Mr. Badillo and his recent book, “One Nation, One Standard,” was celebrated at a cocktail reception at the National Arts Club, an affair attended by New York’s political, journalistic, and educational elite, most prominent was Mayor Bloomberg. The mayor had glowing praise for both Badillos, and why not? (more…)

19th June
2007

First Published by The New York Sun, June 19, 2007

By Andrew Wolf

Mayor Bloomberg, in proposing congestion pricing for Manhattan’s business district, is using the argument that his initiative, by reducing air pollution, will cut the rate of asthma in our children. Sounds good, but the problem is that there is no science behind Dr. Bloomberg’s latest prescription.

The mayor writes, “Improving air quality is important to all New Yorkers because in many parts of our city, air pollution is contributing to an increased rate of asthma-related hospitalizations. In fact, in areas like the South Bronx, parts of Brooklyn, and Northern Manhattan — children are hospitalized for asthma at four times the national rate.” (more…)

12th June
2007

First Published by The New York Sun, June 12, 2007

By Andrew Wolf

As the schools chancellor joined in the announcement of a federal grant to test whether merit pay can lift performance in charter schools, a spokeswoman for the Department of Education confirmed that an investigation of test results was under way in a high-profile school in which the principal benefited from such a merit pay program.

The school is P.S. 33 in the Bronx. Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Klein traveled to the school in 2005 to announce their “historic” gains on the fourth-grade reading tests. That year P.S. 33 experienced a one-year gain of nearly 50 points; 83% of the students there were, according to the mayor, then reading at or above grade level. This not only helped the mayor win re-election but it won a $15,000 bonus for the school’s principal, Elba Lopez. (more…)