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ERIC Number: EJ763303
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1539-9664
On the Positive Side: Bloomberg and Klein Seek to Repair a Failure Factory
Williams, Joe
Education Next, v5 n4 p17-21 Fall 2005
The history books will show that New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg seized control of the city's sprawling public school bureaucracy and its 1.1 million students on July 1, 2002. But it was 18 months later when New Yorkers got their first real taste of what mayoral control and accountability were supposed to be about: when reports of escalating school violence reached the public, he did something New Yorkers had never seen before: he accepted the blame and pledged to fix it. The willingness to admit that his team had screwed up on the school crime and safety, and then proactively do something about it, was what civic leaders had in mind when they called for "clear lines of accountability" in a school system that previously had none. But as with any school reform effort, this one has not been smooth sailing for the billionaire mayor and his hand-picked chancellor, Joel Klein, a former head of the Justice Department's antitrust division during the Clinton administration. In this article, the author discusses Bloomberg and Klein's responses to six big issues: (1) leadership; (2) taming the system; (3) contract reform; (4) school construction; (5) new schools; and (6) graduation rates.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York