Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Surprise, Surprise

In case you need another reason to oppose mayoral control, the NY Post has just endorsed it. If you look at the Post editorial and op-ed pages, you'll find it consists of 100% right-wing points of view. So if you happen to be a big fan of O' Reilly and Hannity, this is the place for you.

Rarely do they find anything worthwhile in anything or anyone remotely connected to the Democratic party. Notable exceptions have included the disastrous 05 NYC teacher contract, the one that set us back 20 years and failed to meet cost of living, and, of course, US Education Secretary Arne Duncan's pronouncement that mayoral control is a huge success.

"I'm looking at the data here in front of me," US Education Secretary Arne Duncan tells Post readers in an interview published today.

"Graduation rates are up. Test scores are up. Teacher salaries are up. Social promotion was eliminated. Dramatically increasing parental choice.

Clearly, though, examining the data is beyond the capacity of Mr. Duncan. Mr. Duncan has no notion of Tweed's recurrent efforts to pass everyone regardless of performance. He hasn't read Diane Ravitch and has no notion of what the NAEP scores mean, or why test scores rose most before Bloomberg's programs even kicked in.

It's pathetic that we won the election, and now have an Education Secretary who's incapable of examining data any more deeply than Rupert Murdoch's despicable one-sided rag.
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