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Wayne Barrett, senior editor at the Village Voice, talks about who Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo is surrounding himself with as he prepares to take office, and other local news.
The Cathy Black appointment does not make any sense. The idea of a person who knows nothing about education leading an effective educational reform effort is ridiculous. Anyone, right or left, who has studied the history of education in the US has to admit that there have been MANY attempts at reform but most did not work and some were counter productive. In part that has been because corporate interests from construction companies to text book publishers to partisan politicians have insisted on getting their cut and destroyed the outcomes. The main problem with urban schools is not in management but in goals that are impossible because the causes are not within the schools ability to change.
Wayne,laws can be changed
what the hell is this guy talking about? create an agency to separate the governor from lobbyists? this governor, just every other elected official in this country, has to always be concerned with raising money to get re-elected. do you really think your little agency will prevent the money from ending up in cuomo's coffers? i don't care what they say while campaigning- they are all puppets of corporations at the end of the day. and it's,not necessarily their fault. this is the ridiculous system we have that is now over the top with the citizens united decision.don't wast any more of our tax money on another agency when all it is is a rouse to take the attention away from the reality that will not change anytime soon.
re cathy black: why not split the job in 2; chief educator and head of administration. bloomberg is the boss anyway.
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