The Clock Is Ticking
Mayor Bloomberg has committed himself to innovation when it comes to our city's children. He has even been willing to rethink shortcomings in his own initial reforms. I applaud his desire to tackle teacher quality. I applaud him for giving principals the authority and freedom they so desperately deserve and for insisting that the money follows the child. I am still concerned, however, that the education bureaucracy is not adequately serving schools and that major deficiencies within the education system – like science education – have yet to be tackled. 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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