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DOE insider explains where the Bloomberg administration went wrong on education

What went wrong in the Bloomberg administration’s approach to education? How could the de Blasio administration fix it? That’s the question posed today on Diane Ravitch’s blog by “an insider at the New York City Department of Education,” who examines lessons that could be learned from Bloomberg’s failed educational policies and suggests a course of action for the new administration. It’s a long but worthwhile read:

Tweed Insider: Where the Bloomberg Administration Went Wrong on Education

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  • 1 Phyllis C. Murray
    · Dec 21, 2013 at 11:28 am

    The Bloombergy Legacy: Ask a Teacher
    By Phyllis C. Murray

    When we look to the legacy of the Mayor, we must ask him some basic questions about how the most vulnerable citizens were treated in New York City. And I ask you Mr.Mayor, when I was hungry did you give me something to eat? When I was thirsty did you give me something to drink? When I was homeless, did you give me a place to stay? Mr. Mayor, the food pantries are empty. People are living on the streets of New York City, in cardboard boxes, on church steps along Fifth Avenue, in subways, hallways, and cars. Our mentally ill who do not receive treatment, roam the streets also. And like garbage, they were swept away in time for the Republican Convention.

    Mr. Mayor, our poorest school communities are collecting food and coats to help the poor, disenfranchised, citizens which are warehoused in city shelters: Shelters( like our schools) that are desperately in need of repair.Our teachers are making Christmas a little brighter for their needy students. Yet our teachers have not had a salary increase since 2009.

    GREAT LEADERS are not great leaders because they have made the rich richer.They were great leaders because they were able to improve the human condition for the needy and not the greedy.

    Today, New York City has become” a tale of two cities” once the policy of benign neglect was put into effect. Prime New York City real estate is now in the hands of the rich. Many of whom are tax exempt or receive corporate welfare. Charter Schools are also a tax free operation which in many cases have disrupted and uprooted the largest school system in the nation. New York City is a very sad place. Safety for the rich and poor:/ visitor or resident is too often compromised.

    So the next time a politician asks, “How am I doing?” We must ask the same questions: When I was thirsty did you give me something to driink? When I was hungry, did you give me something to eat? When I was a stranger, did you invite me in? If you don’t know they answer, ask a teacher! Phyllis C. Murray