WHAT IS THE TRUTH
NO PROGRESS IN MATH. READING DOWN.
By the most reliable measure—the NAEP (national) test scores. Out of 10 urban districts, NYC dropped from 2nd place in eighth grade reading to 6th place; Bloomberg’s misleading claims are based on inflated New York State test scores.
RACIAL DISPARITY INCREASED.
By the most comprehensive measure—average scale scores; Bloomberg’s misleading claims are based on proficiency rates, which only measure improvements by the few students just below the cutoff score.
CLASS SIZES TOO HIGH.
Despite declining enrollment and $400 million from New York State to reduce class sizes, Bloomberg increased class sizes in 2008.
IF SCHOOLS ARE REALLY SAFER, WHY MORE POLICE?
Despite declining enrollment, we now have 5,200 police officers in our schools, more police for New York’s million students than for the entire 2.2 million population of Houston. Bloomberg refuses to discuss alternative approaches to school safety.
WE CAN’T AFFORD ANOTHER FOUR YEARS OF CORPORATE RULE.
HE’LL PUT REAL EDUCATORS IN CHARGE.
EDUCATORS FOR THOMPSON
For more on Bloomberg’s record and sources of the data cited here, see“Holding Mayor Bloomberg Accountable” at www.brian.bendag.com