The High-Stakes Testing Trap

Rising Standards, Rising Dropouts

The Post notes that Klein has put in new administrators and programs since state visits to those schools in January and February. But with budget cuts coming, he remains subdued on the Court of Appeals case to raise financing standards for all the failing schools.

When kids in other dead-end schools become seniors—those who get that far—will there have been enough funds and enough exceptionally resourceful teachers throughout New York's system to significantly curb the dropout rates?

Klein sees the future as what he calls "Children First: A New Agenda for Public Education in New York City." He ought to read "Predictable Casualties" in the October 2 Education Week (edweek.org). Time is short, young lives are long.

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