From the Indypendent:
The drama that unfolded at the PEP meeting was the product of years of simmering frustration in communities across the city. When Bloomberg plucked Klein, a lawyer, out the corporate world in 2002 to oversee over a school system that educates 1.1 million children in more than 1,500 schools, he promised a new era of mayoral accountability.
Instead, critics say the two men have exercised their power in an arbitrary and reckless manner — reorganizing the system’s administrative structures to be more remote from parents, spending millions on high-priced consultants and no-bid contracts, pushing high-stakes testing regimes that lack a sound pedagogical basis and closing scores of neighborhood schools.
From the Daily News:
Mayor Bloomberg has ignited a firestorm among parents and teachers with his latest move to shut down 19 more low-performing schools - including many of the city's biggest high schools.
The hundreds who filled Brooklyn Technical High School Tuesday night to protest a vote on the closings by the mayor's Panel for Educational Policy sent a clear signal: The tide of public sentiment has turned against Bloomberg's dictatorial school reforms.
Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, those parents say, stacked their schools in recent years with huge numbers of special needs kids - especially English language learners and special education students.
Here's NYC schools by the numbers and Bloomberg’s 12-Step Method to Close Down Public Schools.
From the Daily News:
Fewer than six months after the vast majority of elementary and middle schools received A's on school report cards, the city announced plans Friday to overhaul the grading system.
First off, officials said, they'll be grading on a curve: only 25% of schools can get A's the next time around.
Last fall, 84% of elementary and middle schools got the top grade after state test scores skyrocketed.
State officials have vowed to make the tests tougher, although the city did not blame the tests for the skewed report card results.
In fact, they said at the time, they didn't see a problem at all.
"There's nothing wrong with anything," Schools Chancellor Joel Klein said in September.