This is the most egregious charter preference law in the nation, and the most acute violation of local control. As Sen. Liz Krueger pointed out at the rally, the privatizers avidly supported mayoral control when that mayor was Michael Bloomberg, eager to give away our schools to charter operators.
But when New Yorkers overwhelmingly elected a mayor who said he would charge charters rent and hold a moratorium on co-locations, the powers that be persuaded the Governor and the leaders of the Legislature to perform a bloodless coup, to essentially eliminate mayoral control and force the city to pay for unlimited charter expansion at the cost of our public school students, creating even more division, overcrowding, deprivation and larger class sizes.
Here are some snapshots from the afternoon -- which sadly few media outlets chose to cover:
Yes! All Kids do Matter. And the Governor should stop playing favorites and do his duty by providing an equal education for all children.
of the NAACP New York State Conference, told how she will continue to fight for the rights of all children for a quality education, and pointed out that 60 years after Brown vs. Board of Education, special needs kids are getting their services in closets due to charter encroachment.
Rich Uncle Pennybags from Monopoly. (Thanks Shino Tanikawa for her artwork!) They hold more signs, saying "Don't Squish us in, Public Schools Necesitamos Espacio!"
The Governor's deputy press secretary carries the post card back into their offices.