Friday, March 18, 2016
Ex Chancellor Joel Klein Changes His Tune About Poverty & Education.
Back in the heyday of the Bloomberg administration, Chancellor Joel Klein bragged how New York City was closing the racial achievement gap. All his controversial policies that included closing schools, reducing the power of Superintendents, the fair student funding formula that resulted in the ATR pool of highly experienced teachers , and the newly empowered principals who hired "newbies" to stretch their reduced budgets, at the expense of their students education. Of course, the narrowing of the racial achievement gap was a fiction and when the State revised the cut scores in 2010 to their appropriate value, the racial achievement gap actually widened! The embarrassed Mayor asked for the Chancellor's resignation and Joel Klein was gone by the end of the year.
Before the illusion of the narrowing of the racial achievement gap was exposed nationally, Chancellor Joel Klein stated the following: "That poverty is not destiny" in a 2011 Teach for America conference . This statement became the rallying cry of the education reform movement who instead blamed ineffective teachers for the poor educational results in high poverty schools. Now, it seems the ex Chancellor is whistling a different tone. In a speech at the 25th anniversary of Teach For America, he said the following: " how complicated education reform is and how poverty is definitely a complicating factor". His entire speech can be found in the Gary Rubinstein blog.
Interestingly, in an exit interview Joel Klein gave the New York Times he claimed his biggest failure was that he was unable to terminate the ATRs that were costing over $100 million dollars annually. Its good to know that since his departure, Joel Klein has cost the DOE almost $1 billion dollars, just in salary alone, not including other benefits and maybe the De Blasio administration will realize how wasteful the policies of Joel Klein is costing the City money and experience as schools struggle to improve.
To understand my expose of Joel Klein's legacy of lies and failures read this!