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Merryl Tisch: Chosen By God

by Susan Ohanian

Kudos. Kudos. First, to Norm Scott, for his wonderful teaser: Merryl Tisch: Might As Well Be a Crook

...when she has a problem with her refrigerator she calls the head of G.E....

Well, sure, isn't that we all do?

Norm summarizes the deal:

Merryl H. Tisch, announced a new program: 13 research fellows would be selected to advise the education commissioner and the 17-member board. The fellows would be paid as much as $189,000 each....Since the appointment of the fellows, public educators' trust in the in New York State Education Department has dwindled to nothing.

Then, Norm sends us to How Public Is the Public School System? by Peter DeWitt. Kudos to DeWitt for leading us to a New York Times piece worth reading again: Advancing Education, Through Work Ethic and Connections, which describes New York State Regent Tisch's rank in the ruling class. According to this account, she gets up every morning, asking, "Are you sure, God, that you didn't make a mistake in choosing me?"

According to the governor and education policy makers in New York, God has spoken.

DeWitt makes note of Tisch's powerful connections who sit just a step under God, saying, "It just seems that something troubling is happening now and decision making power is being shifted from local school boards to Albany. The connections at the top, and the control and money that they have, gives an oversized role to Ms. Tisch and her friends."

Michael Winerip pointed this out: Regents Pay a Political Price for Their Free Advisers, Dissenters Warn. Some of us wonder if that's why he's been transferred out of education to covering Baby Boomer foo-foo.

— Susan Ohanian




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