Mamie Till Mobley

"There was an important mission for me, to shape so many...young minds as a teacher. God took away one child but...(gave) me thousands. And I have been grateful for the blessing." Mamie Till Mobley

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The battle for space at P.S. 9 in Broolyn, a lesson on how charters move in

This story in the New York Times is a familiar one about the way the Bloomberg administration through its Department of Education takes space from public schools for charters and the battle that ensued. This one is an interesting tale similar to the others but with a different twist, the behavior of the actors especially state commissioner of education David Steiner who tendered his resignation for later this year, that shows how the charter forces and the NY State Education Department work hand in glove. Commissioner Steiner listed former NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein as a reference on his application for the state top job in education two years ago. 
"...on Dec. 20, city officials unveiled a holiday surprise. The department said it planned to move a middle-grade charter school — Brooklyn East Collegiate, a member of the Uncommon Schools charter chain — into the space opening up at P.S. 9."

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Whitney Tilson (3rd background)

Whitney Tilson (3rd background)
"Let’s be honest: we need a lot more well-off, well-educated white folks with a personal stake in both charter schools and education reform in general if we’re going to take reform to the next level, both politically and operationally.Whitney Tilson, hedge fund manager and major funding angel for the school privatizing Democrats for Education Reform, thinks there’s not enough rich, educated white folks.( Preaprez) click photo to his blog.

Arne Duncan

Arne Duncan
U.S. Secretary of Education, click photo