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Sunday Study Guide: Netanyahu, Bloomberg, Bennett, Shalala, Smiley, Shriver

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

  • The Jerusalem Post looks at Netanyahu's week in New York City preparing for Friday's delicate power play between Israel and Palestine. They report that Israeli officials say Netanyahu's message will "be one that a majority of Israelis" will be able to stand behind. 
  • In an op-ed in the New York Times, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert writes that Netanyahu is "expending all of his political effort to block Mr. Abbas’s bid for statehood by rallying domestic support and appealing to other countries" is not the wisest step he could take.
  • The Washington Post explains Palestine's push for statehood at the United Nations General Assembly. 
  • Foreign Policy reports that Bill Clinton suggested that Netanyahu "killed" the peace process. 
  • When the BBC profiled Netanyahu in 2009, they wrote, "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is one of the most right-wing and controversial leaders in Israel's history."

Mayor Michael Bloomberg

  • When the New Yorker profiled Mayor Bloomberg in 2009, they titled their story simply, "The Untouchable." They support their headline by writing, "After seven and a half years in office, Bloomberg, who is now sixty-seven, has amassed so much power and respect that he seems more a Medici than a mayor."
  • Esquire magazine writes about Bloomberg the independent. They say he "has become important because he represents a great American dream, not the one about owning a home or becoming more successful than your father but the one beneath all of those, the foundational American dream — the dream of freedom from politics."
  • New York Magazine examines the philosophy behind mayoral control of education, and points out some of its flaws. They write,"mayoral control—conceived as a way to take politics and patronage out of the school system, with accountability and justice for all—has its own distinct set of problems, its own politics and atmosphere."
  • In a recent poll, New Yorkers say they're not satisfied with their city schools. The New York Times reports that respondents are pleased with some of Mayor Bloomberg's reforms, like charter schools, but overall "New Yorkers are split on whether Mr. Bloomberg has made the schools better than he found them."

Roundtable: William Bennett, Donna Shalala, Tavis Smiley and Tim Shriver

  • William Bennett was U.S. Secretary of Education in the Reagan administration. Shortly after he accepted that post in 1985, TIME Magazine wrote, "he has been a forceful exponent of quality and responsibility in education. His style, however, has been politically maladroit, offending educators and laymen alike, while threatening their pocketbooks."
  • In the midst of an embarrassing athletics scandal at the University of Miami, The Palm Beach Post writes: "UM is fortunate to have her [Shalala], associates say. Shalala, 70, may be a mere 5 feet tall, but throughout her career, including eight years as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services under President Clinton, she hasn't backed down from adversity.'
  • The Huffington Post praises Tavis Smiley's recent PBS report, "Too Important to Fail." They say the report expertly delves into the issue of disparity between white and black students in America's schools and overall "Smiley's approach recalls the truism, 'You are not the problem. I am not the problem. The problem is the problem.'"
  • The CEO of Special Olympics, Tim Shriver, started his career in education and he told The New York Times, "I probably started my career on a big white horse, thinking that I was a social change agent. Those kids taught me a fundamental lesson: Get off the horse. Before all else, listen."

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