by Rick Tannenbaum
My daughter learned a hard lesson in school politics this year. She attends Nyack Middle School, where she is an eighth grader. She plays violin seriously. She has a private teacher. Lessons twice a week for the last four years. And she spends summers playing music at sleep-away camps.
But this past year of music class has been a source of education in politics more than in music. The lesson has been that rewards seemingly go to students whose parents are paying district school teachers for extra help.