Appearing on Good Day New York yesterday, Assemblyman Vito Lopez (D - Brooklyn) talked about his reasons for supporting the charter schools bill that recently passed in the Senate.†
"The status quo hasn't worked. There has to be some creativity.... Parents in my district are actually moving out of my community. Some of them are using phony addresses to get into other kinds of schools."
"We're stepping out because we need that additional money... and we think this would be one way of creating an alternative that can work."
When you use any available logic to oppose something, you find yourself saying funny things. In the charter school debates, the latest example making the rounds is this gem:
- Wall Street people are giving away their money to charter schools. All they care about is profit!
It joins a list of other classic absurdities, including:
This is the second post about what’s actually in the much-discussed New York State charter schools bill (S.7678/A.10928). Read about the attack on zombie charter schools in Pt. 1.
The charter schools bill that the NYS Senate approved this week doesn’t just lift the cap on charter schools, it addresses concerns about charter school transparency head-on.
Kudos to the John Sampson and the NY State Senator for approving a solid charter schools bill by a vote of 45-15. It's an important step forward.
Charter school advocates are looking forward to working with Speaker Silver and the Assembly in the days and weeks ahead, to help charter schools serve more students with transparency and accountability ñ and help win $700 million for all New York public schools.
"As I sat through the hearing waiting to testify, I found myself in an odd position. I've always been a firm believer in oversight, regulation, transparency, and accountability for charter schools. As a charter school authorizer for seven years, I built a regulatory regimen that has been praised nationwide.
"When parents recognize which schools are failing to educate their children, they will demand more effective options for their kids. They won't care whether they are charters, non-charters or some other model. As President Barack Obama has called for, states should eliminate restrictions that limit the growth of excellent charter schools, move forward in improving or restructuring chronically failing schools, and hold all schools accountable for results."
Teachers at KIPP AMP are using their voice to part ways with the UFT. (Not linking yet, due to privacy concerns.)
In happier times, the “union of professionals” called them “a great group of courageous, intelligent educators determined to do the best by their students and their school.”
I have a feeling they still are.