Leonie has posted videos on her blog with this important comment on press. Note that she gives the Post's Yoav Gonen a top mark plus the Gotham live blog (Live-blogging the PEP: 23 school closure votes on the agenda).
Videos here: http://goo.gl/SgRFx
TV reports of Thursday night massacre: protests vs. the closing of 23 schoolsNone of the newspaper articles capture the full rage and bitterness expressed last night by thousands of parents, students and teachers at last night's hearings, at which the Panel for Educational Policy, controlled by the mayor, rubberstamped the closing or truncation of 23 schools. Best among the print accounts was live-blogging by GothamSchools and the NYPost article by Yoav Gonen (GS, Post).
The videos do a far better job at conveying the atmosphere, if not the substance, of what happened last night. Below are the reports from Channel 2 news (CBS), Channel 7 (ABC), Channel 4 (NBC), Fox News, and a short video by Michael Galinsky, maker of the Atlantic Yards documentary, Battle for Brooklyn.
Last night was one more skirmish in the battle for our public schools, and for the future of this city. Whether it will prove to be a turning point in the history of mayoral control, brought down by the administration's arrogant disregard for the views of parents, students, and community members, remains to be seen.
Friday, Feb. 10 1AM
Got home at midnight and too tired to say much so I'll let others do it -- for now.
One report from an ODOE person
I'm struck by how many of these articles make mention very clearly of the various possibilities of open meetings law violations concerning both the volume and the lockout in the lobby, and also of the police presence. And while Fox 5, for example, does lead with the "division" between the UFT and Occupy the DOE, they also mention that the two groups "came together in the end."The DOE and Bloomberg look really bad in all these reports, and Occupy looks, well, provocative and militant, if also chaotic. And well, we knew that about the movement already. I'm sure there'll be plenty of negativity flung at us over the next 48 hours or so, but so far the media is better than I expected.
The more I read the media coverage the more successful I think we were. I don't want to sugarcoat it; we definitely did not achieve what we wanted. But if it's true that 1,800 people showed up and less than 100 signed up to speak, that means our message of boycotting got through to a whole lot of people. And the fact that the UFT marched back and we had all forces united in one room is also a major accomplishment. And the coverage makes clear that there was mass opposition. Not what we wanted but not a bad start.
And a short film by Battle for Brooklyn film director Michael Galinsky: http://vimeo.com/36526142
Anna Phillips' report in NYT.
Tension high as thousands crash Brooklyn hearing for closing of 23 schools
Panel for Education Policy expected to approve the shutdowns despite outcry
By Ben Chapman AND Rachel Monahan / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, February 9, 2012, 11:29 PM
Anthony Lanzilote for New York Daily NewsMeeting was raucous, and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott blasted the teachers union for helping fill
Despite the protests, the Panel for Education Policy was expected to approve the closures before the end of the meeting at Brooklyn Technical High School in Fort Greene.
“People are getting fed up,” said teachers union president Michael Mulgrew told the Daily News. “They’re sick and tired of schools being blamed for the failure of the city.”
Inside the meeting the protesters chanted and drowned out officials who attempted to direct the meeting.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott took aim at the union for working with Occupy Wall Street demonstrators to disrupt the hearings.
“There are important proposals up for discussion,” Walcott said. “If all the (teachers union) wants to do is bus in Occupy Wall Street protesters . . . then we will just have to work around that.”
The panel, the majority of whose members are appointed by the mayor, have never voted down a school closing.
The Bloomberg administration has approved closing 117 failing public schools since 2002, and it has opened 396.
Over 100 people were scheduled to speak at the hearing, including dozens of activists and elected officials who blasted the city for closing schools.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/