but there's something else to this story: the mayor's promotion policy seemed to spur the improvement, but what got them there was an increase in resources --
Still, principals and other officials insist that this year's scores reflected real achievement, a result of increased spending on many initiatives. Some practices were new this year, like the Saturday classes in fifth grade. Other initiatives are nearly a decade old, like New York State's push to widen the availability of prekindergarten.
seems to give some creedence to these guys and those who follow their lead.