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Doesn't this list of big names coming out to support a single politically connected charter school chain just say it all?
Hundreds of Wall Streeters gathered at Cipriani in Midtown Manhattan last night to raise funds for Success Academy Charter Schools — the charter school network that's been battling with Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush gave the keynote address and former CNN journalist Campbell Brown was honored.

Actually, wait. There is one more thing to be said about this cast of characters: Campbell Brown goes around attacking teachers unions and promoting charter schools in the media without disclosing that her husband, former Bush administration official and Mitt Romney adviser Dan Senor, is on the board of Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst.

Then there was Jeb Bush's take on de Blasio's denial of public school space to three Success Academy branches (while allowing the chain to open four other charters in public school buildings):

"The simple fact is, though, that it's not very logical when you campaign on a platform of ensuring that every child gets a great education and then you try to deny access to the very schools that are meeting that goal? I'm missing something," he continued.
Apparently Jeb is a little shaky on the meaning of the word "every." The chain has astronomically higher suspension rates than New York City public schools, using that harsh discipline and pressure on parents to push kids out. In fact, an administrator was caught on tape trying to push a special needs student out of Success Academy and into the public schools so that the charter wouldn't have to deal with special needs. Meanwhile, in several cases the public schools that Success Academy is trying to move into are dedicated to special needs students who lose classroom space, are forced to eat lunch at 10:40 in the morning, or are even moved to other schools in order to make room for the charter. Meanwhile, the Success Academy test results that are so praised by the likes of Jeb Bush come as a result of spending astonishing amounts of time on test prep rather than education.

Sorry, Jeb. You don't get to talk about "every child" in the same sentence as Success Academy any more than you get to equate standardized testing and real education. And sorry, Success Academy. When your fundraisers are Wall Streeters getting together with Jeb Bush at Cipriani, you don't get to play the victim of big bad Bill de Blasio.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 11:40 AM PDT.

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  •  every Bush has claimed "education President" (4+ / 0-)
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    alypse1, Ckntfld, Mannie, northerntier

    as their bona fide....with disastrous results

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 11:43:30 AM PDT

    •  next pres (0+ / 0-)

      Jeb will be the next president of the united states. Florida thing.

      Americans believe if they do  the same things by   electing the same two parties over and over change will come to America.

      at least they elected a person that said change will come to America but then he bowed down to white repubs.

      change will only come to America when Americans change.

      no empire has been able to change once the decline started and every empire thought they could.

      history repeats itself when it comes to the human and national egos.

      now Jeb needs to be seen with a pick up truck and with a gun killing some birds released in front of his gun. American thing.

  •  I figure another 3-4 more years... (3+ / 0-)
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    Ckntfld, Mannie, northerntier

    ...before a critical mass of Success Academy parents figure out that have been "had."

    Yes, it will take that long for the evidence to pile up AND for enough of them to figure out it wasn't just them.

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

    by Egalitare on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 11:58:10 AM PDT

    •  Any time a school calls itself "success" (2+ / 0-)
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      israelfox87, tarminian

      or "leadership "academy" or any other such pretension, high-flown name you know it's a trash school.

      These people are incredibly desperate and predatory. Michelle Rhee and her vile Students Last If At All organization have dumped in the mid six figures into two state representative races in NE Ohio to try to retain two turncoat "Democrats" who side with the Republican majority in our legislature on issues like public school destruction aka "school choice." And Ohio is infested with some of the worst, most failing charter schools in the country, with some of the weakest oversight.

      One of these turncoats has weak primary opposition, but my friend Jill Miller Zimon, an outstanding candidate, is running against the other. Pray she wins! I spent yesterday morning helping  her stuff envelopes to send out a response letter to Rhee's big last minute ad dump.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

      by anastasia p on Sat May 03, 2014 at 09:57:04 PM PDT

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  •  Was Andy Cuomo there? (3+ / 0-)
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    wintergreen8694, Ckntfld, Mannie

    Figure he would be the star attraction.

    "When dealing with terrorism, civil and human rights are not applicable." Egyptian military spokesman.

    by Paleo on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 12:33:39 PM PDT

  •  Evaluation of Textbooks.. (3+ / 0-)
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    Evaluation of Textbooks

    The staff of scholars (or preferably a panel of independent scholars) should evaluate social science textbooks, especially in economics, political science and sociology. This should be a continuing program.

    The objective of such evaluation should be oriented toward restoring the balance essential to genuine academic freedom. This would include assurance of fair and factual treatment of our system of government and our enterprise system, its accomplishments, its basic relationship to individual rights and freedoms, and comparisons with the systems of socialism, fascism and communism. Most of the existing textbooks have some sort of comparisons, but many are superficial, biased and unfair.

    We have seen the civil rights movement insist on re-writing many of the textbooks in our universities and schools. The labor unions likewise insist that textbooks be fair to the viewpoints of organized labor. Other interested citizens groups have not hesitated to review, analyze and criticize textbooks and teaching materials. In a democratic society, this can be a constructive process and should be regarded as an aid to genuine academic freedom and not as an intrusion upon it.

    If the authors, publishers and users of textbooks know that they will be subjected — honestly, fairly and thoroughly — to review and critique by eminent scholars who believe in the American system, a return to a more rational balance can be expected.

    "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

    by Seattle Socialist on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 12:49:57 PM PDT

  •  Quite frankly, de Blasio hasnt been tough enough (13+ / 0-)

    with these people. But I understand his dilemma because he doesnt want Cuomo to take over the public schools from the Mayor and make things worse. Something Cuomo would gladly do.

    De Blasio has totally backed down from charging these grifters rent, and now they sense weakness. I usually refrain from attacking new Dems just getting into the groove of governing. Ill give him the usual six months. But he needs to show some strength and not be afraid to use his platform to attack these people publicly. Because they wont hesitate to do it to him.

    If I were him id use this as a wedge issue. Forcethe charter school execs to defend why they arent building their own buildings with their own money and putting New Yorkers to work.

    •  Bush and Success Academy: Slime likes company. (5+ / 0-)

      The hungry judges soon the sentence sign, And wretches hang, that jurymen may dine.

      by magnetics on Sat May 03, 2014 at 07:47:49 PM PDT

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      •  "Slime" (2+ / 0-)
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        Parasitic slime dissolving and devouring its host.

        There just aren't enough bad things to say about these slime balls,

        It's like stealing the very food off the plates of hungry children in order to rake a profit into their own pockets.

        "Portion of the adolescent prisoners in solitary on Rikers Island who have been diagnosed with a mental illness: 7/10." Tell someone.

        by RJDixon74135 on Sat May 03, 2014 at 10:28:40 PM PDT

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    •  There is one charter I know (2+ / 0-)
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      brooklynbadboy, timewarp

      if that is using its own funding. They were co-located in a newly built high school for a couple of years. I think there were problems with the site they wanted and they have now signed a long term lease with a closed Catholic school. I wonder if the state budget will allow them to seek DOE funding for their rent.

      I also have a problem with Gates funding which lasts three years and then it is sink or swim. If it is used to start a selective school such as Millenium then it is probably not much of an issue but if it used to fund a school geared toward at risk students then it could be a problem when the money runs out.  

  •  Snort. What shocker, said no one ever (0+ / 0-)

    the woman who is easily irritated

    by chicago minx on Sat May 03, 2014 at 07:47:07 PM PDT

  •  Is Neil there, too, to sell his craptastic product (6+ / 0-)

    I wonder if the charter school will buy the shitty educational robot from brother Neil's company Ignite!
    This is a company, for the record, that has investment from companies connected to the bin Laden family.

  •  pretty good ROI for these jerks (5+ / 0-)

    they gave Cuomo $1 Million
    spent $5 million on tv ads blasting de Blasio (more than de Blasio's campaign spent)
    and give $8 million

    And they avoid $350 million in taxes  for preK (which Cuomo took from state public schools)

    •  And they still need fund raisers?? (0+ / 0-)

      What the hell kind of idiots "donate" money to these boondoggles??

      Money should be treated like any other controlled substance; if you can't use it responsibly then you don't get to use it.

      by La Gitane on Sun May 04, 2014 at 01:03:40 PM PDT

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      •  wealthy NYers for one (0+ / 0-)

        de Blasio wanted $350 Million a year in income tax surcharge for preK

        the charter lobby / wall street attacked de Blasio mercilessly on both

        for $10 million, $350 million in taxes are avoided

  •  Is Jeb now running for President? (2+ / 0-)
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    Yo Bubba, Teiresias70

    He looks different, like he is re-inventing his image. Maybe, but look at his tie: are there really a lot of golden parachutes on display?

    Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is now 400ppm. That is "Climate Cluster Chaos". (hat tip to JeffW for CCC)

    by Zinman on Sat May 03, 2014 at 08:08:52 PM PDT

  •  charter schools only look good (4+ / 0-)

    When you compare them to average public schools.  You need to compare them to specific public schools, that have equal ability to limit admission(by requiring a parent to apply early, not required to take students on first day of school) and the ability to remove students who do not conform.  Piece of trivia.  It is not all that easy to get rid of disruptive kids, on aggregate. It is easy to pass them around, but every comprehensive school is going to have their share.  Charter schools can just claim they do not have funding to deal.

    Here is reality. There a plenty of public schools who do at least as well as charter school.  These schools are vast majority Title I, a majority of the kids are on free or reduced lunch, most of them have minority white non-Hispanic population, and many have African-American population higher than the national average.

    They also pass tests at rates approaching 100%.  They all get good scores on college tests and the vast, vast, majorities get scholarships to very good college.

    Like charter schools, students and parent must work to keep up the requirements of staying in the school. Like charter, parent must make an effort to get the kids in the school. Like charter schools, there is no musical chairs with reluctant students.  No accepting of students in the middle of the year because they happened to move in area.  Much less significant turnover of students from year to year.

    The thing to always remember, and the thing that almost all charter promoters ignore, is that a public school has to work to educate everyone. Since I was in high school, public schools have known how to do what charters schools are doing now.  The difference was that when I was in school the money was not put into the pockets of the scam artists, but were put into better equipment and more opportunities for us students.  So in the 80's we had computers and space hardware and technical writing courses.

  •  epic levels of gross (3+ / 0-)
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    so happy we had our kids refuse the NY State tests for grades 3-8.

    it's like a horrible virus has attached itself to public education.

    An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

    by mightymouse on Sat May 03, 2014 at 08:28:24 PM PDT

  •  the attack on public ed is one of rw radio's major (2+ / 0-)
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    RJDixon74135, israelfox87

    successes the last two decades.

    they've been working on it a long time and these motherfuckers have had a free speech free ride from 1200 of the loudest radio stations in the country to attack teachers, the unions, professors, public ed and all attempts to fund it, plus weighing in on all elections affecting education and its funding.

    and the % of those stations that sell that shit while wearing the sports logos of our major universities may be over 30%.

    more than 28% of limbaugh stations enjoy the community cred and advantage of those endorsements.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Sat May 03, 2014 at 08:39:19 PM PDT

  •  Here honey, let me fix your sweater (5+ / 0-)

    before you leave for school.  The atm isn't hanging correctly.

    After all we can't disappoint Gov Bush...

    From an article in the WaPo:  "Recently a nonprofit group released thousands of e-mails showing how his (Bush) Foundation for Excellence in Education has been working with public officials in states to write education laws that could benefit some of its corporate funders."

    But gee it's all for the kids, isn't it.


  •  Campbell Brown jumped the shark (3+ / 0-)
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    buffie, Fishtroller01, Teiresias70

    When she married Dan Senor.  I believe it disqualifies her from being an impartial judge of anything.  Sorry, when you marry someone who even the media hacks in Iraq figured out was a pathological liar, I think it says a lot about you.  And you know it is bad when the media hacks would compare your announcements on Iraq as reliable as the 5 O'clock Follies during the Vietnam War.

    I'm not sure I would ever sleep with, date, or marry anyone who lies for a living.

  •  They want the proles dumbed down (3+ / 0-)
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    CarolinNJ, buffie, israelfox87

    shouldn't that be obvious?

  •  I'd Like To Have a Movement to Get Rid of Charters (7+ / 0-)

    I'd like to have a movement to get rid of charter schools. First of all, all schools that get public funds should be open to all students in their area. Second, all schools that get public funds should be open to audits by the state and federal departments of education. Third, all schools that receive public funds should be open to teachers' unions on the same basis as the districts they operate in.

    Otherwise, the public is getting shortchanged.

  •  they raised... (6+ / 0-)

    Eva Moskowitz (Success Academy Charter Schools founder) pulled in $8 million with this single event.  Yet grifter that she is, she refuses to pay rent for her use of public school space or any other space; she expects taxpayers to support her in that regard.  She is paid some $475,000 because, she claims, she is "excellent" at what she does -- which mostly seems to be pulling the charter school teachers and students out of school and busing them to Albany to serve as props for her when she asks Governor Cuomo to fight her battles with Mayor DeBlasio for her.  And she spends millions on television and newspaper ads, again promoting herself and her "excellence" and disparaging the public school system.  

    Essentially, although she is a Democrat, she seems to be of the Paul Ryan "taker" mode.  She feels entitled to demand public funding for her entrepreneurship, then claims that her schools are successful, even though she has dodged all the problems that actual schools must face, such as meeting building maintenance expenses and meeting the needs of slower students, and she dodged all the expenses actual entrepreneurs must face, such as the cost of renting space.  Like Paul Ryan and so many others, she is nothing but a scam artist and a grifter.  

    •  Exactly. (1+ / 0-)
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      An evening full of rich suckers. The politics of privatization will hopefully implode once they realize they're all scamming each other. Idiots.

      Money should be treated like any other controlled substance; if you can't use it responsibly then you don't get to use it.

      by La Gitane on Sun May 04, 2014 at 01:07:03 PM PDT

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    •  I am amazed (0+ / 0-)

      That this is the first time in this thread that Moskowitz's name has been mentioned. She should be as notorious among people concerned with education "reform" as Rhee or Duncan, and you characterized her exactly right:grifter.

      Too bad DeBlasio seems to be intimidated by her. I'm disappointed, but not all that surprised.

      "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

      by sidnora on Mon May 05, 2014 at 05:42:15 AM PDT

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  •  Special Needs Students (3+ / 0-)

    The charter school's recipe for success, their financial success, is accept possible successful students and then over time, if the students endanger their so called "success", magically force the students back to public schools.  It is easy to be a successful charter school if it can cherry pick students.

    A government afraid of its citizens is a Democracy. Citizens afraid of government is tyranny! Thomas Jefferson

    by wbishop3 on Sun May 04, 2014 at 04:45:29 AM PDT

  •  Local communities need to be up in arms (1+ / 0-)
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    over this hostile takeover of the public schools before it is too late.   There should be a constant drumbeat of information on what charter schools are really up to and how they have so far done very little to show success compared to public schools.

    Milwaukee school systems have been bombarded by charters and vouchers and they are still hanging in there with competitive testing scores.  Since this is one of the oldest and longest running charter/voucher areas, it is a prime place to get stats on the issue.

    The voucher system is so corrupt that over half the applications for voucher money have come from parents whose kids are already IN private religious schools. They get around the laws by officially un-registering their kids in those schools and then immediately re-registering them to get the voucher money.  Most of these kids are in catholic schools.   Now ain't THAT a pretty picture when it comes to religion and morality, not to mention that this is a system of direct taxpayer funding for religious schools?  Where IS the uproar in WI?

  •  Charter schools are a theft from the US People n/t (0+ / 0-)

    The Republican Party is run by the KOCH BROTHERS.

    by unclebucky on Sun May 04, 2014 at 09:46:19 AM PDT

  •  Hide the Silverware (0+ / 0-)

    If Jeb Bush were to win the WH (shudder!!!!) would they have to hide the good silverware from his kleptomaniac wife?  

    "The more firearms a man owns, the smaller his member"-- Abraham Lincoln

    by truthronin on Sun May 04, 2014 at 03:36:19 PM PDT

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