Friday, August 13, 2010

Revised: Educational Dysfunctionality and Discrimination in the World of Bloomberg/Klein

Update: Aug. 15. 9am - Following this bouncing ball is getting tough.

We've pulled the original video and added new footage. It will be released Monday morning.

Comment by Lisa Donlan:

AFC filed a request for a stay along w/ their compliant on March 27th, a good three weeks before GPCS held their admissions lottery that admitted the new students now part of this emergency.
DoE countered that no stay was necessary since nothing would be done before the summer.
This is not an emergency - it is the total failure to plan for a loss, as opposed to the autocratic cramming their way down everyone's throat that the charter and DoE big cheese are accustomed to under mayoral control.
This is the result of 8 years of  tyranny w/ no checks, no balances.
At the first set of checks- as determined by 6 judges and the NYS Education 
Commissioner- DoE evokes emergency powers.
This is not quite over- DSoE has reserved the right to call this an emergency if this new last minute plan does not work.
Rather than having 6 or more months to make a plan B the DoE and GPCS now have less than a month to solve this emergency of their own making.

Update: Aug, 13, 8:30pm
Reports coming in that Klein backed down due to threat of an injunction by Advocates for Children. See links and comments below video.

UPDATE: Aug. 13, 6PM
Our video is out for 2 hours and Klein reverses course. What power!
NY Times:
Klein Reverses Course on Girls Prep and Emergency Powers

Posted Aug 13 4pm

Joel Klein disregards decision by State Ed Commissioner regarding Girls Prep charter school expansion while students with autism are forced to move.

Special ed parents voice their displeasure at the machinations that discriminate against their children in favor of charters.


Rachel Monhan in her 2nd story of the day tells us about the Advocates For Children threat.

On Leonie's listserve:

Ellen comments:
Although I can give AFC a lot of credit for taking on this issue please remember it was parents, lead by Jessica Santos PTA President of the school for youngsters with autism (P94), who contacted AFC. Her name is on the appeal to Steiner and on the response from Steiner. Without a parent who had the good sense.... and nerves of steel... to contact AFC, this action could not have occurred.
The P.R. spin the DOE has been trying to work in the public arena, that rabid anti-charter school and pro-union types, were the cause of all of this ruckus is so off-putting. A parent started the action. Others joined in.
But, like many other NYers, I am waiting for the other shoe to fall. Where will the Space Cadets strike next?

Dee says:
I read an article saying that AFC had threatened to go for a restraining order.  I'm thinking the NYCDOE knew its position re the "emergency" was a loser.  It hadn't mentioned any emergency in its papers opposing AFC's original petition to NYSED/Steiner.  Klein started saying he'd use his powers due to an emergency immediately after Steiner's decision came down.  NYCDOE may have essentially lost its right to claim there was an emergency because it hadn't cited it in the original papers and couldn't demonstrate any real emergency which had arisen so shortly after Steiner's decision came down.

It might have been faced not so much with another litigation, but rather, essentially being held in contempt of Steiner's decision because there was no real emergency.  To be found in contempt isn't good, but to be found in contempt re the welfare of a program for children with autism would be a total p.r. disaster.

NYCDOE is probably going to wind up in a lot of trouble re forcing disabled kids to receive related services in closets, open hallways, and the like as it is.  This might have been a straw that would break the federal overseer's back, so to speak, and ... NYCDOE could face losing a lot of federal $ if found in contempt.

Dee Alpert

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