Friday, October 27, 2006

Friday Reading Fun

Here is some funny reading for your Friday, especially if you work in a New York City charter school. In the New York Sun, there is a story about how the city must spend $5 million per year to staff ancient crpyts that we call district offices. (The Mayor and Chancellor tried to eliminate the 32 community school districts and create 10 new regions a few years ago, but under a legal settlement they had to agree to stick a warm body in each district office -- a passing nod to the reality that the spirit of patronage is very important to many elected officials in the city.)

But here is the part that will give you the giggles: The Department of Education's top lawyer, Michael Best, is quoted in the story saying: "We prefer less bureaucracy rather than more."

I warned you it was a good one!

If we've learned anything in NYC, no matter who is in charge, it is that excessive bureaucracy is like the aging rocker Meatloaf. It never goes away!

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