State of the City: Education
January 18th, 2007

The New York Post has kind words for the education reforms that Bloomberg laid out in his speech, which, it writes, “may be the most sweeping changes in education since [the mayor] bludgeoned Albany into handing control of the schools to City Hall.”

The Daily News also praises “reforms that will eliminate gross inequities in school funding and raise the quality of the teaching corps” in an editorial. It also gets John Podesta of the Center for American Progress to explain Bloomberg’s proposal for “fair student funding“, a program he advised the city on.

Podesta insists that fair student funding is not simply a back door way towards school vouchers, but the New York Sun writes that the plan could “lay the groundwork for vouchers [which would] be an achievement in and of itself.” The Sun does chafe a bit, however, at Bloomberg’s constant tinkering with the school bureaucracy.

Eva Moskowitz writes on Room 8 that “our public schools are still not remotely customer service oriented. Parents have to fight as hard as ever to get their kids a good education. Mayoral control of the school system was a golden opportunity to get these things right, but time is running out.”

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One Response to “State of the City: Education”

  1. Larry Littlefield Says:
    January 18th, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    Over in the New York Sun, the head of the teacher’s union has repeated her demand that the Mayor follow through with his pledge to allow teachers to retire at age 55 after just 25 years on the job, a provision likely to return the city’s schools to level of the 1970s fiscal crisis. Perhaps in return for support should he run for President.

    Given that most city workers have nothing other than Social Security coming to them, and that those private sector workers fortune enough to have pensions are finding them curtailed, I wonder if the word “evil” may be fairly applied to this point of view.

    The Mayor also wants the right to negotiate pension changes without state approval (rather than vice versa). Given his willingness, in the run-up to his 2005 re-election, to negotiate contracts that provided lower compensation for new employees in exchange for richer benefits for those cashing in and moving out, I don’t want Mayor Bloomberg negotiating anything on my behalf as a future resident of the city, let alone pensions. At least a statewide pension enhancement takes the rest of the state down with us.

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