With de Blasio waffling and shaky on the charter/co-loco issue - see Ravitch - The Big Lie about Mayor Bill de Blasio and Charters - Ravitch gently chides him for handing Eva and the charter lobby almost everything they wanted. Their strategy is working in pushing him off the agenda he was elected for.
The question before the Mayor is whether he will continue to fund a dual school system--one sector able to choose the students it wants--and the other sector serving all. He is trying to have it both ways, and it doesn't work. He gave the charter lobby almost everything it wanted, and they still came after him as if he had given them nothing at all. ...RavitchI can't make it as there is a MORE meeting on Saturday followed by a happy hour (MOREistas LOVE happy hours). Here is the James email:
Dear CEC, PTA presidents and Elected Officials Impacted by Co-Locations,I am writing to invite you to a working group meeting with Public Advocate Letitia James and the plaintiffs of the co-location law suit regarding the status of the Department of Education’s (DOE) planned co-locations.The meeting will take place this coming Saturday, March 8 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at 195 Montague Street, 3rd floor, Brooklyn. Please rsvp to email@example.com no later than Friday, March 7th.During the meeting, we invite you to share your concerns regarding the process related to Education Impact Statements and engagement with the larger school community around shaping policy and priorities in districts citywide. We will also use this meeting to update you on the status of our co-location lawsuit and review a suggested set of principles to be given to the DOE as criteria to be used moving forward for future co-located schools.We will then have an open meeting to hear from all parents, teachers, SLTs, CECs and elected officials.Lastly, we will be holding a press conference to share our new principles with the public and invite you to join us to display our unity in calling for an amended colocation process that strengthens schools and builds a better community.We look forward to meeting with you on Saturday,Best wishes,Letitia “Tish” JamesNew York City Public AdvocateEvent DetailsDate: Saturday, March 8, 2014Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PMLocation: 195 Montague Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn*****Press Conference will immediately follow the event*****Agenda10:00 AM – 11:45 AM CEC, PTA Presidents and Elected Officials Meeting w/Public Advocate James12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Meeting to hear from parents, teachers, SLT’s, CEC’s and elected officials1:45 Press Conference