As our local newspapers fade away (Ours in Cleveland prints every day but inexplicably delivers only on Sunday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.), many of us go to the New York Times on-line almost as if it is our own daily paper. But we are less equipped to unpack the local biases of another city’s newspaper. After all, we are not immersed in that city’s facts on the ground.
To learn about public education in New York City, it is important to check out another point of view in addition to the one presented in the NY Times. The New York Daily News is far more supportive of traditional public schools than the NY Times, that has pretty much endorsed former Mayor Bloomberg’s school reform policies featuring letter grades for schools, choice, charters, and public school closures. This is especially true since the NY Times removed Michael Winerip, who appreciates public schools and public school teachers, from the education beat.
This morning the New York Daily News features Carmen Farina’s first day on the job. The focus is on her plans for improving the crucially important middle school years for New York City’s children.
By contrast, this week’s coverage of Farina’s appointment in the NY Times here has an undertone of skepticism. This article seems to ask whether anyone can or should really try to shift from Bloomberg’s policies.
I recommend checking out the New York Daily News for a different perspective on public education in New York City.