ERIC Number: ED485526
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec-6
Fwd: Opportunities Lost--How New York City Got Derailed on the Way to School Reform. Volume: I, Number: 3. Arresting Insights in Education
Thomas B Fordham Foundation and Institute
Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave his first hint about his plans for reforming the New York City school system on Martin Luther King Day in January 2003. Mayor Bloomberg did not offer a single excuse for the disastrous state of the city's schools. Nor did he attribute that failure to poverty or racism. Breaking with 50 years of liberal political rhetoric about "insufficient funding" of public education, Bloomberg owned up to the fact that an operating budget of more than $12 billion (about $12,000 per student) ought to be sufficient to provide decent schools for the city's 1.1 million schoolchildren. This article includes the following sections: Taking Charge--Briefly; Whole Language Hoopla; Constructing School Failure; You Will be (Re)Educated; and Potemkin Village Reform. [Report also produced by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.]
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Educational Improvement, Urban Schools, School Restructuring, Public Education, Educational Finance, Resource Allocation, Whole Language Approach
Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 1627 K Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006. Tel: 202-223-5452; Fax: 202-223-9226; Web site: http://www.edexcellence.net.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, Washington, DC.