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Who’s accountable for failing schools?

Over in the community section, Arthur Goldstein, a teacher at a Queens high school, writes that while there’s plenty of fingers being pointed over who’s to blame for failing schools, the city’s Department of Education isn’t taking any responsibility. He writes:

If schools they started specifically to replace closed schools don’t pass muster, that’s not their fault either. The folks at Tweed are ready and willing to close the schools they opened, and take no responsibility whatsoever. The important thing is they’re going to open even newer ones, and whether they end up closing is not their problem. It isn’t Tweed’s fault, it isn’t Chancellor Klein’s fault and it isn’t Mayor Bloomberg’s fault either. Here in New York City, that’s called accountability.