Now that the state has revealed standardized test scores have been "phony" and critics are demanding that merit pay handed out to teachers and administrators for those "phony" results be returned, I am wondering why it is that Mayor Bloomberg's claims about being the Education Mayor who has vastly improved the public school system aren't being criticized.
After all, aren't those grandiose claims also based on "phony" scores?
Or am I being silly here? Perhaps I should know already that journalists give all the blame to schools, teachers and principals, all the acclaim to the mayor and the chancellor.
When something is "good" in the system, it's because Klein and Bloomberg are doing a good job.
When something is "bad" in the system, it is because teachers are "bad" and need to be fired, as the NY Post and the NY Daily News both put it yesterday.
Perhaps that's why critics are demanding the merit pay based on the phony scores be returned but aren't demanding Bloomberg take back all his horseshit claims about improving the school system.