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’”

‘Morning Joe’ Cast Grills de Blasio Over Charter Schools

Bill de Blasio and Mika Brzezinski, wearing a universal pre-K button. (Photo: Twitter/@BilldeBlasio)
Bill de Blasio and Mika Brzezinski, wearing a universal pre-K button. (Photo: Twitter/@BilldeBlasio)

Mayor Bill de Blasio spent nearly half an hour this morning talking education on Morning Joe, where he got an earful from the show’s hosts, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, who hammered the new mayor for his allegedly antagonistic stance toward charter schools.

“I don’t understand your positions on charters,” stated Mr. Scarborough. “The waiting list is 50,000. And it’s not a bunch of rich kids from Manhattan that want to get in there, it’s some of the poorest, most disadvantaged children of colors.” Continue reading “‘Morning Joe’ Cast Grills de Blasio Over Charter Schools”

Eva Moskowitz Goes on Media Tour Bashing ‘So-Called Progressive’ Bill de Blasio

Eva Moskowitz last night on Capital Tonight last night. (Photo: screenshot)
Eva Moskowitz last night on Capital Tonight last night. (Photo: screenshot)

Success Academy Charter Schools founder Eva Moskowitz continued her media tour this morning, slamming “so-called progressive” Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to pull the plug on three of her schools.

“We have a mayor in the City of New York who says he’s a progressive on the one hand, but wants to deny poor kids in Harlem an opportunity, a shot at life,” said Ms. Moskowitz, speaking to a receptive audience on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Continue reading “Eva Moskowitz Goes on Media Tour Bashing ‘So-Called Progressive’ Bill de Blasio”

De Blasio Dismisses Moskowitz Charter Protest as ‘Sideshow’

Mayor Bill de Blasio with Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina.
Mayor Bill de Blasio with Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina.

Mayor Bill de Blasio today dismissed planned protests in Albany by charter school operators and advocates next week as a “sideshow” that he insisted would not distract from his pre-K push

Success Academy Charter School head Eva Moskowitz will be shutting down all of her schools this coming Tuesday to join more than 2,000 charter school advocates from across the state in Albany to push lawmakers to support their schools. The date happens to coincide with the new mayor’s planned descent upon Albany to convince reticent state lawmakers to support his plan to raise taxes on the city’s wealthy to fund universal pre-K and after-school programs. Continue reading “De Blasio Dismisses Moskowitz Charter Protest as ‘Sideshow’”

Moskowitz: ‘If Bill de Blasio Becomes Mayor, What Is He Going to Do?’

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(Photo: NY1)

Eva Moskowitz, the head of the Success Academy Charter Schools and a political lightning rod in the charter school debate in New York City, has already announced she’s not going to run for mayor in 2013, but that doesn’t mean she’s uninterested in the race.

“I’m concerned because we need a mayor who is pro-parent choice, who is pro-reform, who wants to go forward rather than roll back the clock,” she said on Inside City Hall last night. “Some progress has been made under the Bloomberg administration — not as much certainly as I would like — but we need more progress, not less progress, and so I am concerned.”

Ms. Moskowitz argued that the leading 2013 mayoral candidates have failed to articulate an educational platform.

Continue reading “Moskowitz: ‘If Bill de Blasio Becomes Mayor, What Is He Going to Do?’”

Roundup: How Ward Contacts Cuomo; What Matt Damon Thinks of Moskowitz

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Mayor Bloomberg Speaks at NYPD Pre-Ramadan Conference. July 27, 2011 (Photo Credit: Edward Reed)

NY-9: “[H]ow would Turner fare on a Brooklyn quiz? [Mary / Midwood Blog]

Debt: “Several Democrats said they were reserving judgment until the voting actually began, when it became clear how many votes that Democratic leaders needed to deliver.” [Shear, Hulse and Cooper / New York Times]

Debt: Bloomberg warned Washington spending leading the country to a very bad place. [David Seifman / NY Post]

Cuomo’s Econ Councils: Less than a third of members donated to governor’s campaign, totaling $183,530. [Ken Lovett / Daily News]

Cuomo’s Econ Councils: Not all of their meetings will be open to the public. [Mark Mahoney / PostStar.com]

Cuomo’s Econ Councils: A schedule of meetings. [Colby Hamilton / WNYC]

Transit: “[S]ources say Ward rarely gets to communicate directly with the governor, instead dealing mostly with Howard Glaser, Cuomo’s director of state operations, and then only via email.” [Dana Rubinstein / Capital New York]

Transit: Silver predicts MTA funding will be part of budget talks next year. [Noah Kazis / Streetsblog]

Redistricting: Which districts do prisoners come from? [Jimmy Vielkind / Times Union]

Banks: Klein shows locations of bank-owned properties in NYC, some in disrepair. [Nick Reisman / Capital Tonight]

Ground Zero: Contract dispute leads to walkout. [WSJ / NY Post]

Headline: “Matt Damon criticizes Eva Moskowitz’s charters at D.C. rally.” [GeoggreyGeoffrey Decker / Gotham Schools]

Lady Gaga's Father, Denny Farrell and Education Advocates Donate to Stringer

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Scott Stringer. (photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mitchwaxman/)

Scott Stringer is raising money from people with ties to his one-time opponent, Eva Moskowitz, who lost the Manhattan borough presidents race to Stringer in 2005 and now runs a charter school Manhattan.

Stringer got $150 from the executive director of Democrats for Education Reform, Joe Williams. The group “only support[s] nonunion charter schools, bash[es] unions and get[s] subsidized by Wall Street hedge-fund managers,” according to the teacher’s union web site.

A board member of the group also co-founded the charter school now run by Moskowitz, in Harlem. Continue reading “Lady Gaga's Father, Denny Farrell and Education Advocates Donate to Stringer”