Bill de Blasio Paves Way for More Charter Co-Locations

Bill de Blasio giving an education speech in a Manhattan church Sunday. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor's Office)
Bill de Blasio giving an education speech in a Manhattan church Sunday. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio made clear today that his schools agenda will include more controversial co-locations and charter schools, despite his constant hammering of both on the campaign trail.

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David Paterson Says Bill de Blasio Is ‘Intellectually Dishonest’ on Tax Hike

Andrew Cuomo and David Paterson (Photo: Getty)
Andrew Cuomo and David Paterson (Photo: Getty)

Former Gov. David Paterson has an unusual take on the recent power plays between his successor and the new mayor.

In an interview on Geraldo Rivera’s 77 WABC Radio show this morning, Mr. Paterson argued that Gov. Andrew Cuomo was actually doing Mayor Bill de Blasio a favor when he offered to pay for universal pre-K using state money instead of endorsing Mr. de Blasio’s plan to raise taxes–and accused Mr. de Blasio of being “intellectually dishonest” in arguing a new tax was necessary to fund the programs. Continue reading “David Paterson Says Bill de Blasio Is ‘Intellectually Dishonest’ on Tax Hike”

Karim Camara Says More Charter Support Unlikely in Budget Deal

Karim Camara at the pro-charter rally as Andrew Cuomo speaks at the podium.
Karim Camara at the pro-charter rally as Andrew Cuomo speaks at the podium. (Photo: Families for Excellent Schools/Twitter)

Assemblyman Karim Camara, who raised eyebrows earlier this month when he appeared with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Republican Senate leader Dean Skelos at a charter school rally in Albany, isn’t quite on the pro-charter bandwagon any more.

In an interview with the Observer, Mr. Camara, who serves as leader of the state legislature’s minority caucus, said his appearance at the rally should not be seen as an embrace of charter schools beyond what he’s expressed in the past–and that charter schools should not be expanded at the expense of traditional public schools. Continue reading “Karim Camara Says More Charter Support Unlikely in Budget Deal”

Public School Advocates Protest ‘Quid Pro Cuomo’

Public school advocates protest in lobby
Public school advocates protest in lobby

Step aside, “Status Cuomo.” Hello, “Quid Pro Cuomo.”

A small crowd of public school parents and advocates stormed the lobby of midtown building where Gov. Andrew Cuomo was believed to have a meeting this afternoon. Waving “Quid Pro Cuomo” posters, the two dozen or so protesters rallied against proposed budget language that would give the state government some jurisdiction over city schools. Continue reading “Public School Advocates Protest ‘Quid Pro Cuomo’”

Cuomo Says Charters, Not Pre-K, Will ‘Be the Main Educational Issue’ in Budget

Andrew Cuomo presenting his executive budget earlier this year. (Photo: Governor's Office/Flickr)
Andrew Cuomo presenting his executive budget earlier this year. (Photo: Governor’s Office/Flickr)

Universal prekindergarten? That debate is so yesterday’s news, according to the governor.

In a radio interview today, Andrew Cuomo repeatedly glossed over the high-profile debate over pre-K funding–an apparent snub against Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has made a tax on high-income earners the signature issue of his new administration. Continue reading “Cuomo Says Charters, Not Pre-K, Will ‘Be the Main Educational Issue’ in Budget”

‘Morning Joe’ Takes a Third Pass at de Blasio’s Charter Policy

Mika with some charter school children. (embed: msnbc.com)
Mika Brzezinski with some charter school children.

After some bruising coverage of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to cancel a handful of charter school co-locations, MSNBC’s Morning Joe returned to the issue a third time today.

This morning’s show featured a handful of young children learning as they would at their embattled Success Academy charter school: playing chess, solving multi-step fraction problems, making molecular models and, for one student, “doing some writing before she dances.” Continue reading “‘Morning Joe’ Takes a Third Pass at de Blasio’s Charter Policy”

Cuomo Praises Charter Schools After de Blasio Bombarded With Criticism

Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a pro-charter rally last week. (Photo: Cuomo's Office/Flickr)
Andrew Cuomo at a pro-charter rally last week. (Photo: Cuomo’s Office/Flickr)

After Mayor Bill de Blasio took a pounding on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today for his sometimes critical approach to charter schools, Gov. Andrew Cuomo scheduled an appearance on The Brian Lehrer Show to praise them.

Not only are charter schools not a threat, Mr. Cuomo said, but they are part of the solution to failing public schools, which he called “the civil rights issue of our day.” Continue reading “Cuomo Praises Charter Schools After de Blasio Bombarded With Criticism”