Archive for September, 2007

28th September
2007

First Published in The New York Sun, September 28, 2007

By Andrew Wolf

There wasn’t much to celebrate when the National Assessment of Educational Progress test results disclosed earlier this week.

The news wasn’t particularly good nationally, with scores that were largely flat as compared with the results two years ago, deflating some of the president’s arguments as America reconsiders the No Child Left Behind law.

Nor was there much positive news here in the Empire State.

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21st September
2007

First Published in The New York Sun, September 21, 2007

By Andrew Wolf

It hasn’t escaped the notice of the city’s politicians that in less than two years, unless mayoral control of the public schools is affirmatively ratified by the state legislature, the old Board of Education will rise like a phoenix from the ashes, along with the much-maligned 32 community school boards.

Two commissions have been appointed this week to study the future governance of the schools, one by the City Council, the other by the public advocate, Betsy Gotbaum.

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14th September
2007

First Published in The New York Sun, September 14, 2007

By Andrew Wolf

Most students in New York City returned to school last week. No matter what type of school they attend the biggest change they have seen in recent years is not in the classroom, where more often than not teachers follow the same failed methodologies that, over recent years, have brought American instruction to its present sorry state.

Nor are the changes in school governance of much significance to their young lives. The most common mistake public policy types make is equating educational reform with structural change. Experience suggests that rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic will not change the outcome.

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