THE PLANK JULY 29, 2009
New York City Comptroller William C.
Thompson Jr. has a
fiery article in The Huffington
Post today in which he demands that the city get rid of Schools
Chancellor Joel Klein. "In eight years as chief executive of the city's school
system, he has consistently embraced measures designed more to sell the idea of
a system helping our students to attain critical achievement goals than to
target those goals directly," Thompson says of Klein. He also mentions two
audits his office released last week--one addressing high school graduation
rates, the other focusing on standardized testing methods--that he claims prove
Klein is doing a poor job. (The claim has been panned by some
What isn't mentioned in the HuffPo article? That Thompson is
challenging Mayor Michael Bloomberg for the city's top job this fall. Bloomberg
appointed Klein and stands shoulder-to-shoulder with him on education
policy. They're so
close, in fact, that their names are practically interchangeable in discussions
of leadership in the city's schools. And guess what? One of Thompson's key campaign
strategies is attacking
Bloomberg's record on education.
Probably should've mentioned these things in the article.