Thursday, January 11, 2018
Michael Bloomberg's Failed Education Policy.
One of the great fictions are that the general public was made to believe that Michael Bloomberg improved education in the New York City Public Schools. Even last week I heard a reporter ask the ex-mayor what was his greatest achievement and Michael Bloomberg replied that he changed and improved the school system. He cited an increase in graduation rates, removal of teachers who were either incompetent or committed some form of misconduct, allowed principals to hire who they pleased,and the closing of failing large comprehensive schools and replacing them with more successful small schools. What Michael Bloomberg failed to mention was how he starved the schools of money. In his third term most schools were only funded at between 82% to 85% of the resources they were allocated to receive. By contrast, his new small schools were fully funded at 100% of there fair funding and even one school received 150% of what they should have received. Rather than rehash all the negative issues. You can read my post Here.
If you are an education deformer or a charter school operator,, Michael Bloomberg was a great education Mayor. However, if you are a public school parent, student, or teacher, then Michael Bloomberg was a terrible education Mayor.