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Cause for Concern About Mayoral Control of Public Schools

Mayors around the country are touting New York's mayoral control of the schools. But over the past week, criticism of that system has intensified within New York.

Two of the most renowned figures in education reform, Deborah Meier and Diane Ravitch, are currently debating the merits of mayoral control and other issues for Education Week. 

Readers may be particularly interested in Diane Ravitch's March 2 entry, which challenges the claim that mayoral control has brought educational progress to Gotham.

The issues Ms. Ravitch raises have also been taken up in Sol Stern's articles for the City Journal here
and here, which take cool looks at the same test results that the city has selectively cited to show gains, and find little progress has been made.

 

 

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