Thompson: The Return of Boss Tweed
New York City established the Office of Family Engagement and Advocacy to build communication between schools and families, long a problem in urban districts around the country. The NY Times reports, however, that the city recently asked nearly 400 coordinators to round up parents’ signatures on a petition supporting Mayor Bloomberg's top political issue -- a story first broken by GothamSchools. Not surprisingly, people are upset. The politicization of the parent outreach office had been increasing for months. Then the office's coordinators were told that their jobs were endangered because of seniority. There was little discussion of the ethics of politicizing parental outreach, and coordinators were told to express, “No negatives, only positives.” In fact, that phrase would "become like a mantra, repeated over and over during the meeting." The district won't say who was responsible, or really apologize. -- JT (@drjohnthompson) Image via.