Recently reported by Diane Ravitch: New York City: Mayor de Blasio’s Capitulation to the Powerful Charter Lobby
“Mayor Bill de Blasio ran for mayor with the promise that he would fight the charter lobby. He was a public school parent and had served on a community school board. I believed him. I endorsed him.
Then after he was elected, the billionaires showed him who runs education policy in Albany. Governor Cuomo, the recipient of large sums from the financial industry, became the charter cheerleader, even though charters enrolled only 3% of the children in the state. The Republican-led State Senate gives the charter industry whatever it wants. The charter industry’s best friend is State Senate Republican leader John Flanagan, who loves loves loves charters, but not in his own district on Long Island. Call him Senator NIMBY.
De Blasio wanted charters to pay rent if they could afford it. The legislature required the City to give free space to charters, even though public schools are overcrowded, and to pay their rent if they locate in private space.
In the recent legislative session, the mayor was told that the only way to get a two-year extension of mayoral control was to revive 22 charters that had been closed or abandoned for various reasons.
Now the mayor is seeking a “truce” with the private charter industry that sucks the students it wants from the public schools.”
Along with Ms. Ravitch, many New Yorkers voted for DeBlasio because he promised to “fight the charter lobby”. Unfortunately Mayor DeBlasio neglected to call on the support of those individuals when it came to fighting the control of the Repubican and Democratic party leaders in the legislature who bullied him into capitulation.
If Mayor DeBlasio believed he had the support of the people, why did he succumb to the demands of the private charter industry?
Charter schools further segregate public schools with some “normal” children being placed in high achieving institutions and others being served in failing institutions. Those students who do not fit into the “norm” are left out completely.
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