Skip to main content

This is the latest installment of CuomoWatch - NYCC's blog covering Andrew Cuomo's corporate-backed agenda which is wreaking havoc on public education, low wage workers, immigrants, and homeowners and tenants through the state. Unfortunately, we'll be posting frequently - The Governor is really hard at work!

Governor Cuomo has made himself very accessible to Eva Moskowitz to listen to the needs of the hedge fund backed corporate charter school lobby on the matter of public school co-locations.

But for the parents of P.S. 811?  Not so much.

P.S. 811 is a public school in Harlem that serves special needs students - children with autism and other disabilities that require greater attention and resources from staff and faculty.  The students already share space with two other schools - P.S. 149 and Eva Moskowtiz's Harlem Success Academy. Last year, the City slated to wedge ANOTHER Eva Moskowitz school into this building - a move that, if implemented, would put P.S. 811 - where staff is already forced to teach students in hallways and stairwells - at 132% capacity. (For more insight in this situation, take a look at this video created by the parents of P.S. 811 and 149

Mayor De Blasio stepped in to put a halt to this new co-location, only to have his decision blocked by the Governor as part of the new State budget, which protects new charter school co-locations.

Governor Cuomo has met repeatedly with Eva Moskowitz and her Wall Street pals that have pumped millions of dollars into an ad campaign smearing the Mayor's policy on co-location.

Meanwhile, the Governor has met with parents and staff at P.S. 811 a grand total of zero times. This should come as no surprise as the Governor has not toured a single public school during his time in office.  We cannot officially comment on whether his distribution of time among charter school lobbyists and public school parents is in any way related to who funds his campaigns.
Want to help demand a meeting for the parents of P.S. 811?  Join NYCC April 10th for a march to the Governor's NYC office

Originally posted to New York Communities for Change on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 01:42 PM PDT.

Also republished by New York City.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  what do you cuomo-watchers (3+ / 0-)

    think about Attorney Preet Bharara getting into the Port Authority slush fund investigation and that call Christie made that Cuomo denies, but Cuomo still knows that "Christie made it clear that he is very displeased with what happened."  

    Are you tracking that part of Cuomo? Do you think he's vulnerable to misuse of new jersey commuters $14.00 fares? And that little piece of theatre, pretend the PA wanted more and then pretend the two governors stood up for commuters and kept it to that low $14.00 number? And his boy Foye did vote to reduce the rent to a buck a year for that jersey parking lot?  

    We're starting a Christie-watch, we should coordinate?

  •  Tags (0+ / 0-)

    Made some changes and additions, just cuz I think tags and spelling are important.
    Cuomo = Andrew Cuomo
    Eva Moskowitz (text needs correction)
    More might be useful to future readers/

  •  This makes me so sad and mad (0+ / 0-)

    My son who's 8 and has autism attended a public school in Brooklyn for kids like him (we moved out of NYC a few weeks ago).  It was co-located within a public school building which housed a charter school (not Eva's, but very well-regarded and very tough to get into).  The year before he began, his school was threatened with loss of space because the charter school was trying to expand.  Luckily his school didn't lose out.  

    This makes me furious because kids like mine are already marginalized by the school system.  NYC is very slow to practice inclusion, preferring to shunt all their tough cases into these special schools.  Then politicians/businesspeople want to take space away from them and force them to get their physical, speech and occupational therapies in the hallways?  Their lives have enough chaos (from their disabilities); they don't deserve to get more resources taken away just because they can't speak for themselves or because their parents are likely not empowered (financially or otherwise).  Kids like mine are already considered invisible by the system--but they should not be.  

    Charters can locate themselves in buildings for lease and pay some rent toward their upkeep.  If the managements of these charters can pay themselves well (Eva earns $400k a year?) they can and should pay to exist.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site