The big news out of Gotham this week (Times,? Daily News) is the ?sharp rise in accusations of cheating by educators? (NYT), with the assumed follow-up question: Is New York the next Atlanta? ?(Michelle Rhee is off the hook, for the time being.)
If the response to that news by the city's new chancellor, Dennis Walcott, is any indication of the city's attitude about cheating, we should be worried.? As Walcott told Sharon Otterman of the Times,
People are reporting things, that's fine; we want people to report things?. [P]eople could be reporting for real and necessarily real reasons.
Uh? That means, I suppose, that this is not Atlanta; not to worry, Gotham just has a reporting spike.
The ed department's chief academic officer, Shael Polokow-Suransky, tried to explain Walcott's odd comment by telling Otterman that, ?When there is conflict that exists in a school ? sometimes between teachers, sometimes between teachers and administration ? it is not unusual that there are reports and allegations made as a result of that.?
Protesteth too much?? Plenty of personnel ? and personal -- battles are fought by filing pre-emptive (and bogus) charges. God knows, there are enough rules and regulations to give even Attila the Hun some cover while he complains.? But that debate is a distraction: Was there cheating or not?
According to the city's special commissioner of investigation, Richard Condon, whose report is the cause of the current uproar, cheating complaints...