Paul Hill in The Atlantic: 'Bloomberg's Education Plan Is Working'

Source: The Atlantic

In The Atlantic today, Center on Reinventing Public Education founder Paul Hill writes: 'Bill de Blasio, the likely next New York City mayor, has made a lot of promises about public education. No additional charter schools; no free space for many charter schools educating city kids; less reliance on student test performance to judge schools; and a moratorium on the closure of low-performing schools.  Though these pledges have come piecemeal, together they would dismantle the reforms Michael Bloomberg implemented during his 12 years as mayor. Before this happens, it’s worth looking at what Bloomberg’s policies have accomplished and what is at risk if they are tossed out."

With a straight assessment of results Hill shows how the NYC school system has changed in positive ways and how children have benefited from Bloomberg's initiatives. Hill concludes: Taken together these changes are evidence of real progress. The public schools are now like New York: in a hurry, driven, determined to do better. The new mayor shouldn’t toss anything out until he knows what it has contributed and what can be lost.