A better recipe for fixing NY schools
But the debate about education shouldn't even be about money at this point.
Despite billions in added spending and considerable talk of reform and higher standards, the number of students left in bad schools hasn't changed much. That's because money isn't the answer and because most of the reforms are either too small or have been suffocated by union obstacles (like the 150-page master union contract in New York City).
After all this spending, literally hundreds of thousands of students are enrolled in district schools to which no politician would ever send his or her own children or grandchildren.
Finding a way to provide high-quality schooling for these children -- now, not 20 years from now -- is the central educational issue of our day.
What should be done?
First, clear away obstacles to the growth of charter schools.
Last Updated: 5:36 AM, February 14, 2011