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Not only cream rises – DoE reorganizes, a little

January 9, 2009 am31 10:17 am

I’ve got nothing to say about the minor power shuffle in Tweed. But the primary beneficiary, Eric Nadelstern, has been featured in a few previous posts on this blog.

NYCDoE: lousy minischools, by the dozen – an indictment of the policy of breaking up big schools and opening cookie cutter mini-schools without buy in from administration, staff, students, or parents. It identifies Nadelstern as one of the primary architects and beneficiaries of this anti-teacher, anti-kid, anti-Brooklyn and anti-Bronx (that means, essentially, racist) policy.

Here Nadelstern returns, with some Gates money, and the idea that all of the Bronx will be converted into mini-schools. Why? Because of the great success they were having with top-down imposed small schools so far, of course.

Well, no. There was no success to point to. I think that they were looking to further damage public education in NYC, to help set the stage for vouchers, charters, privatization. And I think they were looking to damage the teachers union.

The stuff that makes carefully planned mini-schools work is totally absent in the centrally imposed, mass-produced Nadelstern-failure schools.

Let Nadelstern Write – an appeal to not invite this flimflam artist to waste the time of UFT Delegates, when he had not made full disclosure publicly.

More recently, he was a leading force in breaking up large Bronx high schools, a program that continues to cause dislocation among our teachers and students, and that has failed to deliver on its promises, while destroying decades of history and tradition. Later, Nadelstern’s name showed up prominently in the Mr. Diana Lam imbroglio and disgrace.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. J IZ permalink
    January 10, 2009 am31 7:03 am 7:03 am

    You know another school was told that they were being phased out last week. The former Humanities H.S. in Manhattan. It is a sad and very painful situation for student and teacher alike. It is also sureal, when the prinicpal announced that there would be no freshman class, the confused students stood and cheered. Way to go Nadel-jerk and the rest of you false reformers. LARGE SCHOOL ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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