Thursday, September 20, 2007

Keeping Up Appearances

The New York Times reports (surprise!) that principals are still underreporting violent acts in public schools. You'd think they'd jump at the opportunity to place their jobs (not to mention their schools) at risk, but it appears, for some odd reason, they're not doing so.

It's a long-standing city tradition not to report incidents. Now the mayor has made strict rules saying they must be reported, but that's a cynical ploy which does nothing but get him off the hook. The major reform of Michal Bloomberg, and the legacy of his "reforms" is a system in which all blame is laid upon working people.

There's a new TV commercial urging the city to keep the reforms up. To support its premise, it mentions a school where only 30% of kids were meeting standards. One of the new schools which replaces it has 70% passing. The commercial neglects to mention that the new school houses entirely new students, and that in any case it represents a fraction of the previous school's population, rendering any comparison invalid.

But few will question its premise, people will cheer, and that's how reforms are approved in Mayor Bloomberg's New York.
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