Using the Bus Fiasco

The city school bus fiasco continues to be a boon for critics of the Bloomberg administration and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein.

Elected officials like Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, City Council Education Committee Chairman Robert Jackson and state Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr., never managed to gain much public traction when they’ve criticized the mayor on his educational policy in the past, when the arguments often focused on incremental philosophical differences and varying interpretations of statistical trends.

But the bus issue has provided a way in — and will doubtless continue to do so for as long as there’s snow on the ground — for officials skeptical about the administration’s ambitious but little-understood plans for the city’s public education system.

Little kids, bad weather, missing school buses. Nice and simple.

How long before this story dies down and the administration gets the bus issue behind them? And how much damage has it done to their ability to implement an education agenda between now and 2009?

— Azi Paybarah

Using the Bus Fiasco