Come to rally on Monday to protest the Mayor letting charters access student information to help them recruit students - *Please come and show your support and share with others. Don’t let the Mayor chicken out on this important issue because he is more scared of the chart...
This morning [Thursday] at Tweed, Chancellor Carranza spoke about his opposition to the long-standing DOE practice of allowing charter schools to use the DOE mailing lists. He said no final decision has yet been made to change this practice– contrary to what reporters had already been told about this as late as last night and parents this morning. He asked for parents to make their voices heard about whether they wanted this practice to continue or not.The press release below came out earlier in the day but there seem to be some backtracking by the chancellor and Di Blasio.
For more on this issue, see our press release here, with quotes from parent leaders, which among other things points out that DOE is the ONLY school district in the country that provides this info to charters voluntarily, helping them recruit their students, take their space and their funding, which is now costing our schools more than $2.1 billion per year. See also Diane Ravitch's blog, which hypothesizes that the Mayor chickened out when the news leaked out prematurely and he got blowback from the wealthy and powerful charter lobby.Grace Lovaglio streamed Carranza's remarks to CPAC on Facebook live. He addressed the student privacy and charter school recruitment issue for about ten minutes at 36.25 minutes in. A rough transcript of his remarks follows:Carranza says that he has not gone to any parent meetings where he has not heard about the “predatory nature” of charters and all the mailings. He tells the story of one parent who told him that only one of her children not to get the mailings is the one who tested gifted and not the ones w/ IEPs. The Mayor has spoken that this is not okay. …now somehow this has become that the district is going to cut this off. I cannot speak to whether or not this is going to happen.
A dividing line in progressive Democratic Party politics will be standing up to the charter industry. Reports on this story from Leonie Haimson and Diane Ravitch.
This morning, there was the announcement below the latest updates. Then the chancellor seemingly changed his mind.
The DN editorial which apparently scared de BLasio off and once again insulted parents by calling them mushrooms and by claiming the opposition to the practice of letting charters use student info was led by the teachers union, which as far as I know has never said a peep about this.The Chancellor says no final decision has yet been made on the issue of providing student information to charters for marketing purposes - *More on this fast-developing and changing story here from the Daily News here.* This morning at Tweed, Chancellor Carranza spoke about his opposition to...
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