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Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, laughs during a news conference to announce details of a newly renovated Madison Square Garden in New York, October 24, 2013. Over a billion dollars was spent on the three year, top-to-bottom renovation.  REUTERS/Carlo
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has tilted the playing field toward well-funded charter chains.
With New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature giving away the educational farm to politically connected charter school chains and preventing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio from making decisions about how classroom space in the city will be allocated (Cuomo's answer: What charters want, charters get, and screw public school students), a lot of the coverage has focused on the people and organizations with their own PR staff. Former city councilwoman and Success Academies founder Eva Moskowitz has had her say far and wide, for instance. But what about the kids being crowded out of their traditional public schools by Moskowitz's incessant demand for more public space in which to run the business that pays her a hefty salary? They don't have a PR staff.

In one school building, which houses a traditional public school, a special education public school, and a Success Academies school:

... when the classrooms of P.S. 149 and Mickey Mantle give way to Success Academy on the third floor and part of the second, one notices the aesthetic differences immediately. The public school hallways are cheerful but basic, with a ragtag assortment of colors and student art on the walls. A few fluorescent lights flicker; the bathrooms are standard cinderblock.

In Success Academy’s bright hallways, signs are stenciled in the same font and bear inspirational quotes like “Actions speak louder than words.” Classrooms are outfitted in splashy blues, reds and greens, with the same multi-colored, polka-dotted carpets. Success Academy students wear orange and blue uniforms: jumpers for the girls, shirts and ties for the boys.

According to Barbara Darrigo, principal of P.S. 149, there’s an unmistakable discomfort in the building.

“It’s this underlying tension,” she said. “There’s almost an air of elitism. When they’re not making eye contact with you [in the hallways] and they’re not acknowledging your existence, you kinda start thinking, ‘I guess I’m less than.’ I know my kids must feel that.” [...]

“I find it really hard to accept that my kids have to have lunch at 10:40 in the morning,” she said, while Success Academy eats lunch later. “I can’t open up another pre-K class.” Even if Darrigo had enough phys-ed teachers to meet compliance, she said, she wouldn’t have enough time in the gym.

Continue reading below the fold for more of the week's education and labor news.

A fair day's wage

  • The massive explosion of a West, Texas, fertilizer plant that practically flattened a city was a year ago this week. So what changes have been made to prevent future tragedies? Since it's Texas, would it surprise you to hear that the answer is "none"?
  • More than 2,100 University of Connecticut graduate employees win union recognition.
  • New York City transportation workers are finally getting close to a contract.
  • An explosion at a Tennessee ammunition plant killed one and left three injured, one critically.
  • Pier 1 forced a pregnant worker onto unpaid leave rather than make minor accommodations for her health.
  • Skills gap?
    "Every time you hear someone say 'I can't find the workers I need,' add the phrase 'at the wage I want to pay'," said Heidi Shierholz, an economist for the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington, D.C., economic research organization.
  • After a New York City restaurant was accused of skimming tips for its delivery workers from orders taken through GrubHub (now merged with Seamless), the attorney general's office has announced a settlement with GrubHub to prevent that from happening.
  • The minimum wage worker strikes back, Sarah Kendzior's report on fast food strikers in St. Louis:
    “I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t want a union,” Alisha, the Wendy’s worker and mother of three, says. “You got people who will stand up for you, who will support you. Why would anyone not want that? Instead of being all on your own, you’ve got people who will protect you.”

    “We’re just fighting for a union, for people to have our backs,” Krystal, the Taco Bell worker and mother of a six-year-old and a newborn, explains. “Right now when we get fired, we just get fired. We’re fighting for people to go and ask, ‘Why did she get fired, what was she doing that was inappropriate?’ We’re fighting for the right to fight for ourselves.”

  • Policy, not parenting, keeps single mothers and their children living in poverty.

Education

  • A Colorado teacher's resignation letter:
    I began my career just as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was gaining momentum. The difference between my students then and now is unmistakable. Regardless of grades or test scores, my students from five to eleven years ago still had a sense of pride in whom they were and a self-confidence in whom they would become someday. Sadly, that type of student is rare now. Every year I have seen a decline in student morale; every year I have more and more wounded students sitting in my classroom, more and more students participating in self-harm and bullying. These children are lost and in pain.

    It is no coincidence that the students I have now coincide with the NCLB movement twelve years ago–and it’s only getting worse with the new legislation around Race to the Top.

  • Speaking of teachers resigning, teacher resignations have increased by 41 percent in one North Carolina county.
  • The National Labor Relations board says ASPIRA schools must post banner alerting faculty of right to unionize. http://t.co/...
    @byKevinMcCorry
     
  • Well:
    A civil rights complaint filed Tuesday against New Orleans charter school managers Collegiate Academies alleges discipline so harsh that it violates federal laws and verges on abuse. A group calling itself the Better Education Support Team, plus more than 30 students and family members, asked the U.S. Education and Justice departments' civil rights divisions to investigate.

    Their complaint details "out-of-control suspension practices for trivial matters" and "intimidation of students exercising First Amendment rights." It also alleges a host of violations concerning students with disabilities.

    Check out their suspension rates to see how far-reaching this is.
  • Labor strife at a Jewish day school.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 10:55 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Can we focus on defeating the fanatical far right. (0+ / 0-)

    Before going after fellow democrats?

    •  No (11+ / 0-)

      If the enemy of my enemy is my friend, the friend of my enemy is my enemy.

      •  Agreed. We don't need Cuomo or Rahm E in the (14+ / 0-)

        party. They are making things worse for us, not better.

        •  And they're doing it for the money (11+ / 0-)

          Neoliberals use the party and the people they pretend to represent to get rich(er).

          The big tent has a penthouse. Guess what trickles down.

          It always seems impossible until its done. -Nelson Mandela

          by chuckvw on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 12:08:26 PM PDT

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        •  laeftangler, what do you think of the (1+ / 2-)
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          voters in Blue NY State and Blue Chicago who voted these two into office?

          Cuomo 62.6%; Emanuel 55.1%

          http://en.wikipedia.org/...

          http://en.wikipedia.org/...

          New Republic: So are the left-wing blogs as bad as the Tea Party ones in this case? -------------------------Chuck Schumer: Left-wing blogs are the mirror image. They just have less credibility and less clout.

          by AlexDrew on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 05:53:25 PM PDT

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          •  Trolling again? (2+ / 0-)

            Is that all you ever do?

            Have another donut.

            "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

            by Darth Stateworker on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 07:32:14 PM PDT

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            •  Thanks. But the voters will more than (0+ / 0-)

              likely re-elect both of them. You know why? Because overall, they represent the Democratic Party and its values. Can you quibble with them on occasion? Of course. But unlike us, they don't have the luxury of purity. They have to actually solve problems.

              Good day Darthgovernment worker.

              New Republic: So are the left-wing blogs as bad as the Tea Party ones in this case? -------------------------Chuck Schumer: Left-wing blogs are the mirror image. They just have less credibility and less clout.

              by AlexDrew on Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 10:03:27 AM PDT

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              •  Nope. (5+ / 0-)

                They do not represent the "Democratic Party."

                They represent the 3rd Way offshoot of the Democratic Party, popularized by the DLC.  At best, given your posting history, you are clearly one of those Third Way/DLC cheerleaders.  At worst... well, let's not go there and violate the site rules.  Either way, you represent a microminority opinion on this site - along with a few supposed "left libertarians" that seem to pop up like weeds only on diaries posted on certain subjects, you tend to be the only ones cheerleading for Third Way causes like Cuomo and pro-business nonsense.

                Will they win re-election?  Yes.  But only because the voters were not given an alternative in the form of a primary challenge, and our two-party system essentially forces people to constantly make their voting decisions via deciding who is the "lesser of two evils."

                The discontent with liberals in New York and Chicago is palpable at this point.  Cuomo and Rahm could quite easily lose a primary to the right candidate going at them from the left, provided that candidate had adequate financial support.

                "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

                by Darth Stateworker on Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 10:12:41 AM PDT

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                •  Any Pol can be beaten in any given (0+ / 0-)

                  election. There is nothing stopping someone from challenging Cuomo or Rahmbo. There is nothing stopping Sen. Warren from challenging HRC.

                  As for me:

                  I want free tuition for state colleges

                  Single Payer so that the insurance companies are not subsidized

                  An effective top rate of between 50-60% to help pay for some of the things we want. Tax rates should not be punitive.

                  More funding for public schools along with alternatives for families if money alone can't fix them. But I don't feel that charters are the answer long term. What they will do is force us to fix broken school systems.

                  I am probably more of a realistic progressive than most on this site. There are certain policies I can't/don't/won't support because they will never happen. Why waste my time and energy on them. That's why you only see me on certain diaries.

                  This will never happen. I only read because I subcribe to the mag. Waste of energy.

                  http://www.businessweek.com/...

                  I have accepted that DKos has changed from an activist site to more a debate society. It took some getting use to but I am okay with it. If you made a list, we would probably agree on 95% of the issues that matter. But we would also more than likely disagree 100% on how to achieve them.

                  A troll? Nope. Libertarian? Nope. Realistic and earthbound? Yes.

                  Good day.

                  New Republic: So are the left-wing blogs as bad as the Tea Party ones in this case? -------------------------Chuck Schumer: Left-wing blogs are the mirror image. They just have less credibility and less clout.

                  by AlexDrew on Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 11:10:46 AM PDT

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                  •  One mans realism (0+ / 0-)

                    is another mans fantasy.

                    Case in point:  Glenn Beck listeners who are absolutely sure Obama is going to put them in a FEMA camp.

                    While an extreme example, I'd say that your "realism" really equates to defeatism.  Politics isn't just the realm of what is possible right now based on where the nations Overton window currently is.  

                    It's also about shifting the Overton window itself.

                    Ask the Koch Brothers about this.  They've been largely successful in doing this over the last 30 years, slowly building their political machine in the dark.

                    So if your only concern is what you deem to be "the politics of the possible today", why bother with politics at all?

                    PS:  You forgot to add "anti union" to your list of political viewpoints.  And that right there is a biggie.

                    "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

                    by Darth Stateworker on Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 02:04:02 PM PDT

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                    •  If you look at the Kochs, their success is (0+ / 0-)

                      the epitome of incrementalism, through Dem and GOP control of government. They took what was possible. It's the long game. The Clinton's actually play it better than anyone. You have to admire that.

                      As for unions, I support them all except for the teachers unions as presently constituted.

                      Steel Worker, Auto etc...are Aokay in my book.

                      Like I said, we agree on probably 95% of issues.

                      Incremental changes leads to success. The long game matters.

                      PS: the fact that you mentioned Glenn Beck instead of some of the C.O.N.spiracies you see on this blog is telling.

                      New Republic: So are the left-wing blogs as bad as the Tea Party ones in this case? -------------------------Chuck Schumer: Left-wing blogs are the mirror image. They just have less credibility and less clout.

                      by AlexDrew on Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 02:16:14 PM PDT

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                      •  Well (0+ / 0-)

                        we both agree that incrementalism is (or can be) either useful or problematic.

                        As for your post script, you'll have to explain that one to me and what's so supposedly telling about it.

                        "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

                        by Darth Stateworker on Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 02:28:25 PM PDT

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          •  Uprated for abusive HR (0+ / 0-)
      •  unless you regret voting for him over Palidino, (2+ / 0-)
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        I don't think Andrew Cumuo deserves to be ostracized because he supports charter schools.

        besides if democrats are going to win elections they need to have a broad base of supporters, liberals alone cannot win a election any more then conservatives alone will win elections for republicans.

        •  Yup. I agree. Quite a few (1+ / 0-)
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          of our NYC pols support charter schools one example being Hakeem Jeffries who was hugely supported on the DK during his successful congressional run.

          The charter school public hearings have been ugly and I imagine some of our reps are relieved to have the matter taken out of their hands.  

          I wonder if people are going to start seriously discussing access to the top schools and the admission processes for middle and high schools. I also think that there are think that there are things that can be done within the Chancellor's Regulations like stop allowing students to continue school until the terminal grade along with younger siblings who may not yet be enrolled. If you have a kid in school in Park Slope and drop a million or two for a house in Ditmas Park or Bed Stuy then that where your kids should go to school. Kids whose parents move out of district should attend middle school in the district where they reside. As it stands now, some students can apply to middle schools in the district where they attend school and where they reside and are granted equal priority for both. I don't blame parents for taking advantage of the current rules but maybe it's time to visit this.  

        •  He won by 40 points (1+ / 0-)
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          Getting a democrat who actually supports democratic policies, instead of a Republican who doesn't hate gay people, is hardly an electoral loser in New York - it's just that Cuomo used name recognition and money to win the primary.

        •  It isn't just charter schools. (1+ / 0-)
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          Cuomo might be well left of center on social issues (gay marriage, guns, etc) - but if you removed anything identifying the politician and printed his fiscal policies for someone to review - even Republicans would think they were the policies of a Republican.

          This is New York.  We're bluer than blue.  We can do better than Turd Way bullshit like Andrew Cuomo.

          Giving him another landslide victory in November only serves to solidify his power - and he's already an extremely powerful autocrat as it is.  We have a Democratic super majority in the Assembly - and that isn't changing any time soon.  But Cuomo scares the living shit out of Democratic Assembly members that step out of line and dare disagree with him or fight against him, because he threatens to find and back a primary opponent against them - or even back their Republican challenger - and other extremely dirty shit.

          This guy is dangerous.  More dangerous than batshit crazy Carl Paladino was in ways - because with Paladino, at least the Assembly could have shut most of his bullshit down.

          Cuomo needs to bleed politically so other state Democrats don't fear him so much - so they will stand up to him.  He needs to bleed politically to deflate his overinflated ego and knock him down a peg or two.  And he needs to bleed politically to send him the message that he won't be going any farther than governor if he keeps the bullshit up - because he's power mad, and ultimately, he wants the White House.  Show him the base aren't going to stand for his triangulating, Turd Way bullshit, and he might start changing his ways before he fucks the state up anymore than he already has.

          "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

          by Darth Stateworker on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 08:15:33 PM PDT

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          •  i think Cuomo is pragmatic (1+ / 0-)
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            I believe his father once said "we campagin in poetry and govern in prose"

            •  The only thing (1+ / 0-)
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              poco

              Andrew Cuomo is "pragmatic" about are his own political fortunes.

              Real pragmatism in governing means doing things that campaign donors won't like - especially for a guy like Cuomo with all the Wall Street financing he's gotten.

              Not to mention that whole "Republicans for Cuomo" nonsense run by Ken Langone...  Or the money he gets from Randolph and Mortimer Koch - which last cycle was more than even Scooter Walker got.

              So yeah, he's "pragmatic" alright.  Essentially he (and his supporters) are little more than triangulators, trying to see what they can get away with while still maintaining Cuomos polling numbers.  It has little to do with effective, efficient governing policy.

              As strong as Cuomo is, he has no excuses about being "pragmatic" as to what he can get through the state legislature.  None.  Because when he does want something, and it's clear he wants it, it sails through in record time - see the SAFE Act.  The Senate GOP simply STFU and passed it while their constituents howled like crazy.  It even ended up costing a few of them their seats.

              When he plays that whole "I can't get X through the legislature" nonsense, it's because he doesn't want it to pass in the first place.

              "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

              by Darth Stateworker on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 09:26:52 PM PDT

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    •  In the rest of the country, yes (2+ / 0-)
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      in New York, the far right has effectively been defeated

    •  In New York? (0+ / 0-)

      This is a state where we've already got the "more" part down of Markos' "More and better Democrats" strategy - so here, we can safely focus on the "better "part.

      Even if Cuomo was to lose to his Republican challenger (which he won't), Astorinos agenda would be completely stopped by the state Assembly.  In some respects, having Astorino occupying the Governors mansion might be even better than having Cuomo in it, because our Democratic supermajority Assembly rarely questions the defacto head of the state party, which means Cuomo gets pretty much what he wants.

      With a Republican governor - they'd be more apt to tell the governor to go scratch.

      I'm not saying I want that - but there are worse things than a Republican governor in a state as blue as New York.  Shit, by the time Pataki left office, he was more liberal that Cuomo is right now - because he got the snot kicked out of him in the legislature repeatedly.

      But the point is to ensure the message gets out that Cuomo is little more than the worst sort of Wall Street owned Turd Way Democrat - and never, ever advances any farther than he is right now - and to give other Democrats in this state enough backbone to stand up to him.  Right now, he's a strongman.  He can browbeat anyone to do anything he likes.  If we can weaken him by making him only eek by Astorino in November instead of the landslide victory he expects - and show that he can bleed - we can get more in the Assembly to start telling him "no" on the worst of his Turd Way bullshit.

      And who knows - if we can keep that up - maybe 4 years from now, we can get someone to primary his ass from the left.

      "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

      by Darth Stateworker on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 08:04:15 PM PDT

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  •  Teachers Unions Strength and Weaknesses Report (4+ / 0-)

    This report (strategy guide) was created by a school reform group and posted on the Internet publicly. I made a copy. It's 405 pages long and covers each state. It's an interesting read . If anyone is  interested.

    This gives you the real goal of the school reform and charter school movement.

    http://www.scribd.com/...

    You can download it if you want PDF, 2.77mb

    Use a junk email account and open up a scribd account with that email.  Then upload to scribd a single page PDF. It could be anything. Then you will have 24 hours to download the report as many times as you want.

    You Don't Happen To Make It. You Make It Happen !

    by jeffrey789 on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 11:15:00 AM PDT

    •  you really should diary this (3+ / 0-)

      It sounds interesting but most folks don't have time or inclination to download and read a 400 page pdf.

      "Tell the truth and run." -- Yugoslav proverb

      by quill on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 12:09:39 PM PDT

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    •  It was never about (1+ / 0-)
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      "reform" to better educational standards.  It was always about defeating unions from the beginning - and documents like that reflect that.

      Shit like that should be hammered home repeatedly.

      "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

      by Darth Stateworker on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 08:19:42 PM PDT

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  •  Speaking of the war on workers (7+ / 0-)

    and others who are not rich, I'm watching Krugman on Moyers right now. He's talking about wealth and income inequality in the US and how it's leading to a permanent hereditary ruling class and how we need to combat this with higher taxation to redistribute much of their excess wealth and income.

    It occurred to me that instead of the term "wealth redistribution", we should use the term "wealth recycling", because that's precisely what it would be, recycling some of the excess wealth of the very rich, which is effectively surplus wealth because they don't need and arguably have not earned and tend to misuse it in ways that harm society, on things that would benefit society (and thus them as well), like better schools, high-speed rail, universal broadband, etc. Americans by and large like recycling. Why recycle money as well?

    Wealth Redistribution --> Wealth Recycling --> Commonwealth

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 11:17:37 AM PDT

  •  Andrew Cuomo looks like some movie villain (6+ / 0-)

    in that pic. LOL, he looks like he is laughing about a plot to take over Gotham CIty with the Joker or something.

    Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

    by Dirtandiron on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 11:25:43 AM PDT

  •  Cuomo is breathtaking as he waves his middle (7+ / 0-)

    finger at the teacher unions.  No one is going to win the presidency in 2016, or anytime soon, without the endorsement of the NEA and the AFT.  He's been able to get away with acting like an ass as Gov., but by 2016, the public will be wiser and the jig is going to be up with charter schools and giveaways for Wall Street.  Rahm E. should take the same warning.

    Putting the fun back in dysfunctional.

    by hawkseye on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 11:35:16 AM PDT

  •  While I agree with Laura completely (I (1+ / 0-)
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    live in Bklyn), Astorino is NOT an alternative.  Any candidate who thinks that campaigning with Donald Trump is a good idea is not a viable candidate.  Dems in NYS desperately need real democratic alternatives and that's not happening.

    And for those who think Cuomo has higher office asperations, why would he even bother?  NYS has become his fiefdom with him in the role of King.  He does what he wants with very little pushback.

  •  I had to look twice.... (1+ / 0-)
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    That photo of Cuomo could be a shot from the movie Scent of a Woman.

    Photogenic politicians are such tricky shapeshifters.

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 11:57:40 AM PDT

  •  Cuomo is a typical right wing republican (0+ / 0-)

    thankfully, most can see that he is clearly not a viable candidate for President or dogcatcher for that matter.  

  •  Cuomo went to private school, de Blasio - public (2+ / 0-)
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    Both went to very good high schools, Cuomo went to Archbishop Molloy (private Catholic) in Queens, de Blasio went to Cambridge Rindge and Latin, an equally rigorous but public school in Boston.  

    de Blasio knows first hand, by his own life experience, that public education can provide a premier education, he's living example of that opportunity.  Cuomo is ready to abandon traditional public education because his life experience is that he (and the former Gov Mario and Mrs Cuomo) already has.

    "Out of Many, One Nation." This is the great promise of these United States of America -9.75 -6.87

    by Uncle Moji on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 12:07:54 PM PDT

  •  DeBlasio recently did a good job of shutting up (1+ / 0-)
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    the shills on Joe Scab who were groveling at the feet of Moscowitz...He's a fast talker (unusual in a Democrat) and was able to out-talk them.  We need more of this from Dems.  

    Smart, factual, but able to talk fast, interrupt and repeat a message over and over.  

    If it works for them, it can work for us.  We just need to see more of it.

    If the plutocrats begin the program, we will end it. -- Eugene Debs.

    by livjack on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 12:36:17 PM PDT

  •  Newtonian Dimension (1+ / 0-)
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    chambord

    This is bad, really, really bad, and my heart goes out to these children and the effects it is going to have on our society in the long run. But, things have been going bad for a long time now.
    This is the good news. Present generations, on back, were taught that we live in a classless society, where only individual effort mattered. This is the source of today's problems. Our present day children are getting a real education we never had. They are learning that class does matter, and that the lower classes will have to stick together and fight the upper classes for everything, from food, housing, to education. My friends, we are creating a new class of subversives, reactionairies, and revolutionairies. I may not get to live to see it come about, but it is going to happen. I would like to see it sooner, but I will go in peace, knowing the future will be bright again, one day.

    Living in the nightmare reality of working in the oilfields of South and West Texas.

    by Incarnate on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 12:42:14 PM PDT

    •  Children getting emotionally pummeled (0+ / 0-)

      are not getting "a real education." Young kids can't process such unequal treatment the way you fantasize.

      try habitat restoration - good for you, good for all

      by jps on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 05:30:32 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I'm sure I'm late to this news... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jbsoul

    ...but I listened to a story about Geoff Canada stepping down from running the the Harlem Children's Zone and heard the cost of the supporting programs for the students.

    Roughly $3000 per student.

    That's above and beyond the cost of running the Charters in the HCZ network. For me it's the first time I've heard an admission (from non Public School advocates) that it takes more, not fewer resources to improve the educational outcomes of students from challenged households and communities.

    Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 12:59:16 PM PDT

  •  andrew cuomo (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    RightHeaded, hawkseye, Egalitare, jbsoul

    is another pol that is masquerading as a dem in order to get elected initially but his mind, ideas, and policies lie in the heart of the gop.

    save america defeat all republicans and conservatives

  •  In that pic Cuomo looks like the trololo guy. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Dirtandiron

    http://www.youtube.com/...
    in case you wanted to know.

  •  Charter school has option and I'll bet it uses it (0+ / 0-)

    often, to expel students with special needs or who are discipline problems.  That makes success a lot easier.  Public Schools have to deal with every kind of student, regardless of the disadvantages the child has.

    •  Link? (0+ / 0-)

      Charter school has option and I'll bet it uses it often, to expel students with special needs or who are discipline problems.

      New Republic: So are the left-wing blogs as bad as the Tea Party ones in this case? -------------------------Chuck Schumer: Left-wing blogs are the mirror image. They just have less credibility and less clout.

      by AlexDrew on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 06:01:24 PM PDT

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  •  Ah - Cuomo. (0+ / 0-)

    With Democrats like him, who needs Republicans?

    Just came down this week that he's heading up to the ADKs in a few weeks for another pow-wow with the charter school scumbags.

    I hate this guy.  The legacy his scorched Earth, Turd Way economic policies are going to leave behind will fuck this state for decades.

    "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

    by Darth Stateworker on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 07:34:54 PM PDT

  •  Battle for NY city classrooms (0+ / 0-)

    Well finally Daily Kos recognizes that something is amiss on the education front!   Took long enough.  
    34,000 New York children refused to take the ELA state tests. Many more will choose to refuse the math, especially now that principals and educators are speaking up. Watch and spread the video. Parents have a right to refuse!
    http://youtu.be/...

  •  When I visited my brother in NY (0+ / 0-)

    I asked him what he thought of Cuomo.

    He said, "RINO".

    I think my brother is a RINO, so Cuomo must be pretty bad.

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