Dig this investigative truth-telling by the New York Post’s Yoav Gonen on June 15: “Shamefully few city high schools are graduating students with Regents scores high enough to be considered ready for college. Only 27 of the 347 public schools had at least half their students in 2010 score a 75 on the English exam and 80 in math—which the state considers the minimum score for kids to succeed at the next level…that’s an abysmal 8 percent of all city high schools” (emphasis added).

Not a word from Bloomberg about this “wild dream” of success that “no one could have predicted.” And, Gonen adds, nine of those 27 high schools in the 8 percent of successful schools “are high-performing, specialized facilities such as Stuyvesant and Bronx Science.”

Only a tiny percentage of black students are admitted to these “specialized facilities.” Here is Tom Allon, president of Manhattan Media—and a 1980 graduate of Stuyvesant High School: “At Stuyvesant, only 12 African-American students were admitted to the freshman class this year. Latinos fared only slightly better. They comprise about 3 percent of Stuyvesant. By comparison, of the 1.1 million students in the city’s public schools, 39.9 percent are Lation and 30.1 percent are black…Schools like Stuyvesant have long been the means for immigrants and working class families to hoist their children up the ladder of American society” (Daily News, April 10).

Not under Michael Bloomberg. As of now, his likely leading successors are Ray “Stop-and-Frisk” Kelly and Christine Quinn. I haven’t heard anything from either of them on how they rate this Education Mayor and how they would begin to undo the grim future he has made for so many of our public school students. Are there other mayoral candidates who give a damn about them?

Hold the presses! This morning, just hours before this issue was uploaded to our website, the Education Mayor appeared on WNYC and gave himself this latest report card: "The school results are better than they've ever been." Well, that's certainly reassuring.

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Louisprofeta
Louisprofeta

I loved the waterfalls under the east side bridge at 2 million a pop, I think it was. Plus superman buys his term to boot, maybe 50 mill?

Louisprofeta
Louisprofeta

I do not like Bloomberger(Big Mac) or his judg, ments which are from The Mount.The subway ads him holding the subway overhead bar, conversations are over so soon, he raised the fair, as the butler served cocktails. What a guy of his home office, judging our town!

Marc
Marc

I agree with NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg! Chicago Public School’s middle class education model doesn’t work for thousands of CPS students. A middle class education model presumes that students have educated parents that are helping their children prepare for college.Most Chicago Public Schools and Charter Schools in the African American community are up against a culture where education is not a top priority. The average African American parent feels it is the responsibility of their children and the public schools to make sure their children do well in school.Do you agree or disagree?marcsimschicago@gmail.com

Ionaalba
Ionaalba

Chicago Public Schools?? Bill Ayers country? What possible good can come from the CPS?

StopWithTheRaceCard
StopWithTheRaceCard

Really? You're reaching... again. Stop with the knee-jerk reaction of shouting, "racist, racist" when someone didn't even bring up race. I find it racist to accuse people of being racist because they are white and said something that a black person may have erroneously read into the comment that it was directed, and only directed, at black people, when white v. black or anything about race WAS EVEN MENTIONED IN THE COMMENT! Yeah, that builds credibility with your platform. Enough with playing the race card. Look in the mirror and deal with your own problems instead of reaching to paint someone as a racist. Besides, if Bloomberg DID say that Black families have a tendency to fail to understand the value of education, would that be incorrect? I'm not sure it would be correct. That might be over-reaching as well, but please do not tell me that the 12% college-ready graduation rate is white man's fall. Please.

Flashman
Flashman

I've heard that in New York City there was an effort to close 22 failing public schools and replace them with charter schools. These schools were in mostly black or Latino neighborhoods. Is this correct?

And, the local teacher's union was opposed to this (which is not surprising, the charter schools being non-union), but what was surprising was the violent objection to charter schools by the NAACP. This, if true, would suggest that the NAACP is not concerned with the advancement of African Americans, but rather the advancement of God knows what other agenda.

You live, work, and have your ear to the ground in NY so perhaps can address this issue.

Thank you,

all the best.

Troy Williams
Troy Williams

as long as bloombergs successors are kelly and quinn then the cities school children will be screwed, the cities school children racial makeup is 90% of color, they need a mayor who comes from that community.

but al long as the village voice and other local newspapers tout the likes of kelly and quinn and de blasio, and stringer and markowitz and forgets that the vast majority of nyc voters are of color and WILL elect someone of color from these communities then the schools will continue their bad performances.

it is important that someone who represents the cities racial makeup run the city.

and it will. go ahead liberals call me a racist for speaking the obvious.

obama '12

Louisprofeta
Louisprofeta

Say, NEW YORK, this is not Chicago, People her have enough judgment every hour of their work day, crunch compensation take home, call Oprah.

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CanadaGoose
CanadaGoose

I really don't see the source of the outrage here. I think it's safe to say that every school district in North America has parents who don't understand the value of education. Darn few of them. But they exist.

If his statement is indeed a dogwhistle for racism, it's pretty thin. And already the story is being spread:NYC Mayor Bloomberg: Black Parents Fail Their Kids (see Tweet below)I didn't see that at all.

Oprah Obama
Oprah Obama

THis just in! Water is wet! and your dog needs to go for a walk

Guest
Guest

As a black man, I don't see what he said as being racist, or off base. Not having parents who value education is a huge problem within our community...that's not to say all black parents don't value education. But to deny that this fact doesn't exist, is borderline criminal.

It just seems like another attempt to paint the black community as one giant monolithic unit sharing one set of values (and a single brain).

Guest
Guest

Unfortunately, there are some parents who...never had a formal education, and they don’t understand the value of an education. Many of our kids come from [such] families—the old Norman Rockwell family is gone”

This is true. Leave out Norman Rockwell, who did favor integration, and YOUR interpretation of what that means. Are you saying there is some subtext here? Aside from the fact that you see this as a dig at "Black" people the fact remains that the parents can do far more to encourage a child than the school systems can.

But even someone without much education can see that your headline is not supported by your story..

Pamela AuCoin
Pamela AuCoin

I didn't think Bloomberg would be this openly racist. Apparently, if the majority of parents (who tend to be of color) don't approve of his school management, it's because they are not educated enough to recognize his leadership as enlightened. His term cannot end soon enough.

Pamela AuCoin
Pamela AuCoin

Wow. Didn`t know Bloomberg would be so openly racist. How dare he proclaim that parents, who don`t approve of the way he manages the schools, are the root of the problem. When does his term end, againÉ

Elizabethfrantes
Elizabethfrantes

It's hardly just black parents. Most "chopper parents" who basically do all the kid's work, demand they get rewarded for nothing, etc are white. But it is the case that PARENTS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE, so giving more money to schools can't work. If we really want to reform education, realize not all kids are above average, and instead of insisting that all kids go to college, let's realize that we don't need or want everyone to be a college grad. Pay more money to those jobs that are "blue collar" and make the perceived need for college go away. And remember Bill Gates is not a grad.

Bill T.
Bill T.

It's all fine to rail against the horrible schools and the worthless teachers, but speaking from personal experience, for each lousy teacher out there, there are many fine hard-working ones and even if you go to a "sub-standard" school (like I did), the responsibility of getting an education is still the individual's and his/her parents'. Most of the pondits out there positting about what the schools and teachers have to do have never spent 5 minutes in a classroom as an adult and have no idea what the teachers are up against.

Bill T.
Bill T.

For "pondit", please read "pundit".

 
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