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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.

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  •  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)
    NYCC
    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.

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