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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Charter school press conference rescheduled for Cuomo appearance on behalf of big-money contributors



Boykin Curry, head of Prep Charter board with wife Celerie

See below; a pro-charter school press conference is hurriedly rescheduled today in the Bronx so the Governor could make an appearance.  When has Cuomo ever appeared at a public school to call attention to the need for more public education funding, to alleviate public school overcrowding or fix "crumbling schools"?  Never.

Could his  appearance on behalf of Girls Prep Charter in the Bronx be related to the fact that the head of the charter school's board, Boykin Curry,  gave him more than $98,000 between 2009-2012? according to http://data.influenceexplorer.com

Or the fact that in the last election cycle, Curry gave Cuomo an additional $60,800 (the limit)  according the spreadsheet compiled by Capital NY here: http://bit.ly/1vC7ZnR ?

Not to mention Curry's wife Cecilia Kemble (sometimes known as Celerie) who gave Cuomo $56,200 in the last election?   Or Bruce Kovner, on the Girls Prep advisory board,  who gave him $45,000? 

Nah.


From: Ruben Diaz <diaz@nysenate.gov>
Date: Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 8:57 PM
Subject: ***Wednesday Morning Press Bronx Conference Rescheduled to 12:00 noon***
To: Ruben Diaz <diaz@nysenate.gov>


 ***Wednesday Morning Press Bronx Conference Rescheduled to 12:00 noon***

Press conference demonstrating support for bold action to fix failing schools crisis
 
Since Governor Andrew Cuomo will be in the Bronx in the morning of February 18, 2015, this Bronx Press Conference has been rescheduled to 12:00 noon at the Girls Prep Bronx Elementary 681 Kelly Street, Bronx, NY 10455.


Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., Assemblymen Marcos Crespo and Mark Gjonaj, and Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner Stand with Prominent Clergy and Parents to Call for Bold Change to Fix Failing Schools Crisis.

Dozens of parents will join prominent clergy and elected officials, including Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., Assemblymen Marcos Crespo and Mark Gjonaj, and Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner at Girls Prep Charter School in the Bronx on Wednesday to call on Albany lawmakers to press ahead with bold, structural change to address New York City's failing schools crisis.

With nearly half of New York City's failing schools residing in the Bronx, elected officials will stand with community members, clergy, and parents to call for an end to the crisis, and for the expansion of excellent charter schools like Girls' Prep Bronx.

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