We described the issues facing our schools: too little resources to provide a quality education; overcrowded schools; disgraceful school conditions; budget cuts; co-locations; THE LIST GOES ON!
With each, Dennis Walcott got up and...spouted the party line:
"The reality is that in this economy there will be mid-year budget cuts."
"With shrinking budgets, leaders must be creative."
"By creating school choice we are allowing the market place to drive the issues."
"I respect Joel Klein tremendously. I think the world of Joel Klein."
"There are no plans in our capital budget for a new facility for Mott Hall" [the only program for gifted D6 IS students and a national model].
And then something along the lines of: "your D6 schools are so bad that we will not replicate or grow them; we will simply bring in [charters] that really know how to educate your D6 children."
What to say?
OCCUPY EDUCATION. IT IS THE ONLY WAY.
-- Victoria (Tory) Frye, CEC 6 member.