Eva Moskowitz is determined to occupy as much real estate as possible as quickly as possible at city expense, and is preparing with a massive rally this Thursday where she will gather the troops, closing her schools for the occasion, and ordering every parent, teacher and student at her command to show up.
In addition, her hedge fund supporters have given $1.75 million in the past week alone to GOP State Senators, determined to fix the election in her favor. .Of that, $350,000, came from Paul Tudor Jones II, of the Robin Hood Foundation and Tudor Investment Corp., a hedge fund in Connecticut. Here is a picture of him with his wife at his 60th birthday, where John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater and Jon Bon Jovi sang.
Not to mention millions more they have given to the best friend of the charter schools, Governor Cuomo. Truly, the charter movement is not an educational movement, but a political one, in the worst sense of the word -- and their billionaire backers are intent on using their outsized wealth and power to get their way, whether it is in the best interests of NYC children or not. Check out the column by Prof. Dan Katz on their collective hypocrisy.
On Monday night there were hearings at the District 2 offices on 7th Ave, where many eloquent teachers, parents, community leaders, and Assemblymember Deborah Glick spoke in opposition to this land grab, and several parents from Upper West Success spoke plaintively in support. The Community Education Council in Districts 2 and 3 are also opposed, as is the Community Board in District 2, whose representative suggested that if SUNY liked Success charters so much they give them space in their own buildings, instead of invading our local public schools. Interestingly, not a single parent who said they wanted to enroll their own children in any of these schools showed up, and the representatives from her charter network refused to speak, though as usual, they had hired a cameraman to take videos. I told the videographer that he must have filmed hundreds of hours of hearings of parents protesting Success charter schools, and he just shrugged.
Norm Scott has posted some videos here of the MORE contingent, and DNA info covered the hearings here, as did the Columbia Spectator. I spoke briefly, and today I sent my comments to two out of the three members of the SUNY charter committee (the only two I could find emails for.)