This piece of puffery about NYSED commissioner David Steiner should not be read on a full stomach.
It's pretty glucose-heavy.
The gist I get is that Steiner - lover of the classics, quoter of of Shakespeare - is agonizing over the Cathie Black waiver matter.
Steiner may play an educator on TV for the public but behind closed doors he is a Bloomberg/ed deform shill through and through.
He has been bought and sold and had a Bloomberg LP stamp on his forehead.
Anybody working in official education circles in New York these days has to have that stamp of approval.
And you can see it from how Steiner conducts his official duties.
What lover of the classics agrees to reduce good teaching to test scores and ELA curriculum to multiple choice test prep?
The Times piece says Steiner likes to weave the works Plato, Dante, Homer and Shakespeare into his emails.
But what I see him weave into his efforts as NYSED commissioner is the works of Bloomberg, Gates, Rhee, Klein, Duncan, Broad, et al.
As such, I am certain his hero Dante will have a special circle in hell for Steiner where he can try and engage hungry special education students, fresh from Obama's food stamp cuts, on test prep.
In order to get out that special circle in hell?
He's got to have all of them improve on their tests, year after year, for eternity.