"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Bloomberg Is Not Tone Deaf: He Simply Doesn't Give a Rat's Ass About What the Public Thinks

With the appointment in jeopardy for the Prince's personnel-slashing expert, the only plutocratic thing to do: stack the State panel to make sure there is no wavering on the dreaded waiver vote for Cathy Black.   From the NYTimes:
New York State’s top education official on Friday named an advisory panel of eight experts, at least half of them with strong connections to the Bloomberg administration, to help him decide whether to approve Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s controversial choice to run the city’s school system.

Three panelists selected by David M. Steiner, the state education commissioner, worked as senior officials at the city’s Department of Education.

One of those three now works at a foundation that was, for many years, the vehicle for Mr. Bloomberg’s personal charitable donations.

A fourth panelist is the head of a museum that has received almost half a million dollars from Mr. Bloomberg in donations since he took office.
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The panel is scheduled to hold its first, and probably only, meeting on Tuesday in private in New York City.  Education officials say that only the panelists, the commissioner and staff members will attend. . . .
It would be great to see 10,000 voters in the street outside the meeting.  Oh, I forgot, this is an undisclosed location.

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