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Joel Klein ruined city’s schools

Let’s take a took at former city Schools Chancellor Joel Klein’s true accomplishments:

1. The appointment of his first deputy chancellor for instruction and then allowing her to impose discredited literacy and math programs and the fights over the requests of schools to be exempted from this madness.

2. The importation of Australian experts to try to work with American teachers on literacy.

3. The importation of English experts to impose quality reviews on schools not having any idea of what makes an American school tick.

4. The letter grades of schools based on meaningless, flawed exams.

5. The change in funding of teachers from one in which each teacher is budgeted at the average cost of a teacher to the actual salary of the teacher and its ultimate effect on teachers displaced by schools being closed, with principals not taking on senior teachers.

6. The cadre of inexperienced principals, products of the Leadership Academy, few of whom would know a good lesson from a poor one.

Thanks, Joel, for a job poorly done. Your destruction of the school system will live on long after your departure.

Caterina Arno


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