That private dollars help the charters is fine, but they remain publicly funded institutions, and it is irresponsibly shortsighted to spend that money without also benefiting the host districts.... Your article notes that students at the Success Academy charter schools outscored public school students in standardized math and reading tests. While this may be encouraging for the charter school movement, it is not unequivocal proof of the charters’ superiority.... NY Times letters to editorToday's Chalkbeat - which we refer to as Charterbeat - Rise and Shine headline: De Blasio's charter schools beating a political loss.
A loss? While his response has been inept -- they should have me as a consultant as I know Eva's game plan as well as anyone -- today's letters section of the NY Times, always a good indication on where the public that reads the paper is coming from, shows a different story - every single letter basically criticized Moskowitz and Success and charters in general and in fact were supportive of de Blasio. (Read them below).
The Times always splits the baby in the letters section reflecting the rough % of responses they get on a controversial issue. That today pretty much 100% are opposed to the charter lobby in some way is an indication. Just watch those expensive and massive commercials begin to backfire on them.
By the way -- Carmen Farina doesn't get it. Eva doesn't want seats - she wants the buildings -- it is all about real estate. Allow her schools to grow into shared locations while undermining the public school until she gets sole control of the building -- and then offers to take them off the hands of the DOE for a buck -- and then convert them to condos.
Charterbeat in transitioning from Gotham Schools made sure to eliminate its nightly summarizing of the blogs where the truth is often read. They must be matching Cuomo in its contributions from the charter lobby.
Here are their links today:
Charter school space wars
Mayor Bill de Blasio has an uphill road to climb if he wants to carry out his plan to charge rent to charter schools.
Public Advocate Letitia James will ask a judge to delay charter school admissions while her lawsuit against co-locations proceeds.
De Blasio predicted that the lawsuit would ultimately prevail in court.
Ginia Bellefante: De Blasio’s heat over the co-locations he canceled instead of the ones he preserved shows that he has lost his ability to control the narrative.
Former Gov. George Pataki, who spearheaded the state’s charter school law, criticized de Blasio’s approach to charter schools.
Gideon Stein: The state should give charter schools extra funds that co-located ones should turn over to their fellow schools.
An advocate says Cuomo’s choices show that he prefers big-bucks charter schools to regular public schools.
Richard Whitmire: Lost in the debate is the fact that some charter schools do better than others in educating students.
Chancellor Carmen Fariña said she would try to find space for a Success Academy school threatened by her co-location decision.
Still, Success Academy parents plan to sue over their canceled co-location plans.
And here are the more realistic public opinion letters on the Times.
Swarthmore, Pa., March 5, 2014
Integrity in Education
Washington, March 5, 2014
Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., March 5, 2014
New York, March 5, 2014