2003-04-12 / Editorial/Opinion

Politics Have No Place In School Governance

Politics Have No Place In School Governance

While there are hundreds of questions that have to be answered prior to sch-ool opening in September, and despite the fact that there is nobody on the chancellor’s staff that can answer those questions, we still like the new governance plan recently put in place by the mayor and the chancellor. There is no doubt in our minds that the 32 districts have to go. There obviously is that doubt in the minds of many legislators, however. There is a move in the Assembly to keep the school district intact. That would be a big mistake because it would mean keeping the old political system of running the district intact. That is not what the system needs. The two, Assemblymen, David Weprin and Tony Avelia, want to keep the bloated and buddy-dominated district infrastructure alive for a few more years, and we can only question why. It seems as if the two want to keep politics as usual when it comes to a rapidly-deconstructing system. The two have support in the Senate as well from such well-connected Senators as Frank Padvan and Carl Kruger. Kruger has even filed a court suit against the city asking for the right of the legislature to approve the plan. There is a real possibility that, working together, the Assembly and Senate can derail the plan to make our schools leaner and meaner. That would be a boon for politicians but the death knell for school reform. Where do our local politicians stand? Audrey Pheffer was on the commission that worked out the details for parental input into the new system. She should work with Michelle Titus and Malcolm Smith to insure that the reform goes forward and that politics withdraw from the school system.


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