NY1 VIDEO: As NY1 revisits its 20-year history, the station looks back at reporter Davidson Goldin's June 12, 2002 coverage as Governor George Pataki signed into law a bill giving Mayor Michael Bloomberg control of the city's school system.
NY1 FOLLOW-UP: Mayor Bloomberg would select Joel Klein as chancellor - and he would become the longest serving schools chief in city history - overseeing some of the most controversial elements of the Mayor’s plans for city schools. Among them, the exponential growth of charter schools, the closing of struggling schools, the push to end social promotion and the judging of schools and teachers based on test score improvement.
Under the mayor’s leadership, the city has been at the forefront of a national movement to rely more on statistics to judge education. But there have been concerns about the validity of the test results and the amount of time devoted to test preparation.
It's a debate that will continue - along with the larger question of if - and how much - the school system has improved under Mayor Bloomberg’s control.