With stories of overcrowded preschool open houses that rival anything I've ever heard on the Upper East Side, I've always figured the schools issue in up-and-coming Brooklyn was a ticking time bomb.
And with the release of the school report cards--ABCDF grades based on year-on-year standardized testing improvements as well as race and income and other student demographic data--people are supposedly freaking out.
Of course, by 'people' the NY Times seems to mean 'realtors,' like the ones who outlined the boundaried of Park Slope's PS 321 "in gold" [it got a B.] or who are now touting the tres East-of-Lexington PS 290 [A] over the previous Upper East Side mainstay PS 6 [B].
Frankly, I've always been a bit baffled that someone would pay $4 million for an apartment west of Lexington Avenue, but then they wouldn't shell out the thirty thousand dollars a year for the kid's private school tuition. But then again, that sentence has so many kinds of crazy in it, I don't know where to start.
The best summary of the whole public education mess I've seen is from a parent [hey, they actually interviewed parents, too!] who wrote a letter to NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein:
The way you treat our educators is part and parcel of the way you treat our students — constantly barraging them with narrow, deadening tests and demoralizing them with meaningless scores.Her kid's hard-to-get-into school got a C, by the way.