December 13, 2009

Turnaround or abandonment in NYC?

The extent of school closings in New York City is becoming evident, and after JD2718's posts on the subject over the past half-week, UFT's Leo Casey provides an overview and alleges an ulterior motive (to create available space for other purposes, not to improve education).

I'm far from NYC and can't speak from close knowledge of the city schools, and I'm still grading student work so I have no time to read extensively. But this is an important story and rolling conflict, and there are a few predictions I'll hazard:

  • At least one conservative will commit rampant inconsistency by simultaneously (or nearly simultaneously) weeping over the demise of the DC voucher program and applaud Klein for his bold moves, repeating the double standard on the issue I have described before
  • A small handful of schools may be preserved through fairly heroic efforts, but most of the closures will stand.
  • There will be no effective way to hold Tweed responsible for consistency and rationality in its school opening/closing decisions. 

In truth, many administrators engage in maneuvers that appear as arbitrary as Klein's closures do, but rarely is it on such a scale or so visible beyond the locality.

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Posted in Accountability Frankenstein on December 13, 2009 9:22 PM |