Progress in New York City Schools Under Chancellor Joel Klein
Along with Michelle Rhee, former New York City Chancellor Joel Klein is the best known of a new wave of reformers tackling one of our nation's most intractable problems: the overall mediocrity and, in some areas, outright failure of our public schools. Like Rhee, Klein moved aggressively to shake up the status quo and battled with those he viewed as defending it, so he too attracted many critics, most notably Diane Ravitch, but also New York City teacher Marc Epstein, who posts right here at the Huffington Post.
Epstein recently published an article arguing that New York City's public schools failed to improve during Klein's eight-year tenure and that therefore his reform agenda should be abandoned. I think Epstein's critique is dead wrong. While there's still much work to be done, enormous progress has been made. Given that many other reform-minded superintendents are adopting reforms similar to those Klein pushed for, it's critical to know if any progress was made in New York City during his tenure.
Posted: February 16, 2011 07:12 AM