Wednesday, August 11, 2010

CAPE: Mayoral Control is Governance By Lawlessness… It is Time to Put an End to the Bloomberg-Klein Ed Deform Agenda!

Mayoral Control is absolute power that corrupts absolutely. It is a license to push destructive and discriminatory policies touted by this Mayor and Chancellor, which will be rubberstamped by a PEP whose majority is selected by the Mayor himself and given the directive to "serve at his pleasure". 
---Concerned Advocates for Public Education

PS 15 in Red Hook was the school State Ed Commissioner Steiner ruled against when he ruled against the expansion of Girls Prep. Here our pals at CAPE respond. I'm cross posting.


Mayoral Control is Governance By Lawlessness… It is Time to Put an End to the Bloomberg-Klein Ed Deform Agenda!
 
The PS 188/94 and PS 15 recent appeals to the State Education Commissioner prove once again that Mayoral Control amounts to nothing more than governance by lawsuit, a construct where parents, students, and teachers will find themselves at a great disadvantage, and will almost always lose, when seeking what is best for the public education of our youth.

Commissioner David Steiner’s decisions in both cases, the Department of Education’s responses in both cases, and the outrageous actions of Klein evoking ‘emergency powers’ in the one of Steiner's findings set dangerous and destructive precedents for our schools and students when it comes to school and space utilization and allocation.

As a result of Steiner’s decision and the responses and actions of the DOE:

· Space allocations are not required for related services for special needs students or for ELL students.
· Stairwells and Hallways are perfectly acceptable spaces for students to receive educational services.
· Negative impacts on existing public school students, specifically removing space for enrichment, intervention, and other mandated and non-mandated services to benefit a charter school, is perfectly acceptable.
· Educational Impact statements do not have to be provided to parents in paper form or through the mail. Notification to families and communities need only be made through the internet or through the school’s principal with no additional resources provided by the DOE.
· Educational impact statements do not have to specifically identify the impacts or losses on students in terms of space or programming due to a co-location.
· Educational impact statements do not have to show how space will be allocated; a space plan can be completed after the co-location is approved.
· Providing opportunities for hearings and public input where no one is actually heard or considered meets the standard of the law.
· When a legal decision is made that favors parents, students, and teachers, the DOE will find a way to get around it.

Mayoral Control is absolute power that corrupts absolutely. It is a license to push destructive and discriminatory policies touted by this Mayor and Chancellor, which will be rubberstamped by a PEP whose majority is selected by the Mayor himself and given the directive to "serve at his pleasure". When in the rare case, the Administration is legally challenged on a issue, there is a loophole to declare emergencies in order to override whatever decision displeases the Chancellor. This is not putting Children First, as their self-heralded initiative claims, this is putting ideology first, an ideology rooted in free-market principles that further reinforce the roles of privilege and subordination in our country and pervert our public education system, the pillar of our democracy. Local and State legislators must take action to end this corrupt governance system and put legislation in place and advocate for policies that protect public schools and our neediest and most vulnerable children.

Join Grassroots Education Movement in the Struggle to Protect and Preserve Public Education! Check in this week for further video and analysis regarding the DOE’s outrageous actions and claims regarding co-locations @ ednotesonline.blogspot.com, capeducation@blogspot.com and grassrootseducationmovement@blogspot.com

Want to create a community-based advocacy group in your school? Contact capeducation@gmail.com for an advocacy toolkit and information on GEM’s school-based organizing committee.

Together we can stop the dysfunctional and discriminatory education policies of Bloomberg and Klein!

3 comments:

  1. Added to this mess are the recent report on test scores and how all of these people have FAILED our State and City! Fire them all!

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  2. In the late fall/ early winer a group of parents assembled a list of closing Catholic schools that GPCS could expand into along w/ other creative options/possibilities.
    These were never explored- the GPCS Exec Director and founder (since removed) cut a back room deal w/ the D 75 Principal of PS 94, and then emailed the world of their fait a accompli a deux.
    Never mind the kids, the programs, the school community, the law.
    This is a back room deal administration that works for the adults- those in power, those who want more power and those trying to hold on to some.

    In other words, tyranny and oppression in action.


    Several new private schools found some of those same spaces and are opening in September- I guess DoE's real estate acumen is as good as their ability to make enrollment and admissions projections.

    For a fistful of dollars the rich and powerful hedge fund education dilettantes could have avoided: 6 months of bad press, battles and rallies and hearings pitting parents against parents, putting students into limbo, and drawing out all the ugly truths behind the mirage that is called reform.

    And we thought these guys might be smart business men!

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  3. AND MULGREW IS AFRAID TO GO AFTER SPENCER ROBERTSON AND HIS DAD WHO IS A CLOSE FRIEND OF BLOOMBERG'S.
    IS HE AFRAID THE MAYOR WILL GET ANGRY WITH HIM AND RENEGE ON HIS PROMISE TO GIVE US QUADRUPLE ZEROS SO WE DONT GET LIAD OFF OR IS IT BECAUSE HE WILL REALLY MISS THOSE RIDES ON THE MAYOR'S PLANE?
    WHO FIRED BETSY and why?
    Any retirement news from Long Beach?
    How long can James Vazquez wait to take her place?
    why was the Brooklyn HS rep called to a disciplinary meeting and forced to retire when WEinGrew knows other D.R.'s who do even less work?

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