Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Space cadets

Gotta love the UFT's hypocrisy (not!):

Meanwhile, United Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten is planning a protest tomorrow at PS 154 in Harlem, hoping to prevent the Harlem Success Charter School from moving in. Teachers unions oppose charters because they operate largely outside union control, and Weingarten has a personal ax to grind: Harlem Success is led by a nemesis, former Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz.

What's galling is that the UFT runs its own charter in a public school, IS 292 in Brooklyn. If it's okay for Weingarten's students to be in a public school, it should be fine for every other child whose parents believe a charter offers the best opportunity for learning.


Space cadets

NY Daily News


Charter school proponents, this corner included, have long argued that opening them will have the beneficial effect of prodding traditional schools to compete for students by upping their game. The city is now seeing that theory in action.

On the lower East Side and in Harlem, the leaders of established schools are battling to prevent planned charters from taking unused space in their buildings. They argue that the charters would disrupt successful programs while diverting public resources to nonpublic enterprises. This is hooey with no small measure of hypocrisy...

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