On paper it appears that street crime is down and school crime is down. The reality is the schools are actually less safe. When government agencies run two sets of books they are really no different from a private sector Ponzi scheme.
So what went wrong? For the past 60 years, education reforms have been inextricably tied to race relations in the U.S. To that end, legislation and court rulings focused on the scourge of segregation and the unequal opportunities afforded to blacks.
The fact that hundreds of thousands of students are now riding long distances on an overtaxed aged mass transit system isn't even a consideration for a mayor who claims to be at the forefront of the Green Movement.
Schools serve an important function after a disaster such as Hurricane Sandy; they provide a sense of normalcy amid chaos. As much as I have tried to embrace the slow life of this past week, there was a definite feeling that something was amiss.
As they have sought to remake the nation's largest public school system, New York City officials have portrayed their efforts as a civil rights struggle. But despite such rhetoric, the city has created an obstacle course for its students.
The NYPD has just released some startling numbers: five students are arrested on average each day in NYC public schools. In the period covered, 93 percent of those arrested were black or Latino and 75 percent were male.
It is time to hold Bloomberg and the DOE for failing our children and orphaning our schools. As Meryl Tisch recently made clear, if it is let up to the Bloomberg administration, "these kids don't have a shot."
Sex sells. That's why for the past week newspapers and blogs have plastered their front pages with articles dissecting and lambasting New York City's new sex education mandate and recommended curriculum.