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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Cuomo Says "Legislative" Fix For Charter School Co-Locations In The Works

For a guy who doesn't do education policy, Governor Andrew Cuomo sure does involve himself in an awful lot of education policy:

ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Thursday that a legislative solution which could provide “co-location” of charter schools within traditional public schools is being discussed with legislative leaders.

Cuomo’s comments came a day after Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver questioned Cuomo’s ability to commit additional state money to charter schools to pay for classroom space.

Cuomo said charter schools are public schools and shouldn’t have to pay rent to operate outside traditional schools. Cuomo said requiring traditional public schools to provide available space to charter schools could be done by law, without additional spending.

“Co-location is not money … it’s policy,” Cuomo told public radio’s “Capital Pressoom” on Thursday.

Uh, no - finding space for new schools takes money, not just policy that Sheriff Andy shoves onto districts.

And since Sheriff Andy is very loathe to fully fund public schools already, this "legislative policy fix" Cuomo wants to have, enshrining charter school co-locations into law, will ultimately mean traditional public schools will get the shaft on funding.

10 comments:

  1. Sheriff Andy is a champion of the neo-liberal fundamental doctrine:
    "All for ourselves and nothing for other people."

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  2. Michael FiorilloMarch 6, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    The comedian Bob Hope, an old-school Republican, once expressed his economic philosophy as, "I've got mine, you get yours."

    Unpleasant enough, but it seems utopian compared to the neoliberal mantra of, "To get mine, I'll take yours."

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    1. In the Johnny Carson book written by Carson's former lawyer, you learn that Hope, a notorious skin flint, used to give bonuses to his writers by taking them into a room where he kept all his samples from the companies he did commercials for - the writers got their pick of little toothpaste tubes and that sort of thing for Christmas.

      Even that seems generous compared to what Andy wants to give to public schools.

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  3. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6mhj-j0z-fk&feature=youtu.be.

    Chomsky covers neoliberalism succinctly here in this 30 minute clip. The only way to combat these criminals is massive public organization. Of course, this is why the neos are so devoted to the destruction of unions.

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    1. Yes, but as Norm points out, union leaders are part of the problem. Union members too, for putting up with it. But it's hard to change - especially in a union apparatus as corrupt as the UFT.

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  4. Unions haven't done a very good job at massive public organization. Neos are wasting their time. Unions that lack fundamental democracy are destroying themselves

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    1. Current union leadership here to manage terms of worker exploitation - that's all.

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  5. True that... The neos have already accomplished this destruction in mass degree...the anti union rhetoric coming from the pols and media is a front to keep the Blue vs. Red tag team nonsense going ...sound bites...labels...so the Blues and the Reds keep fighting for the scraps ..

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    1. That's right - got people on both the left and the right believing that shit. Drives me crazy. There is no red and blue - there is only the 1% and the rest of us. That's it.

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