Anti-Charter Advocates Slam Hakeem Jeffries–Update
Jeffries with a wonderful slam of one of his critics!
Following up on an article in Gotham Schools that details how Assemblyman–and likely Congressional candidates Hakeem Jeffries–is lapping up support of charter school proponents, an anti-charter advocate is sending around an email this morning accusing him of selling out for some those charter school fundraising dollars.
Mr. Jeffries ability to straddle the public school/charter school divide is unsurprising to those who have watched him closely through the years. As Reid Pillifant wrote for Capital New York, Mr. Jeffries "has become many things to many people," including those who support Brooklyn Democratic leader Vito Lopez and reformers who want new leadership.
Now, Jeffries, the only elected to attend this charter town hall meeting yesterday is ramping up his sellout campaign to the privatizing, union busting charter lobby. Apparently, this is nothing new for Jeffries, he flip-flopped/sold out on Atlantic Yards too.
Jeffries knows the truth about charters not serving ALL children, charters do NOT outperform district schools, many refusing to establish PA/PTA's, pushing out students with special needs, high teacher turnover, high student attrition, incompetent boards, financial mismanagement AND board malfeasance. He knows all this but instead of holding charters accountable, he's selling our children and teachers out for charter money.
Assemblyman Jeffries calls it like he sees it on every issue. He co-sponsored the charter cap bill more than a year before formally establishing a congressional campaign committee and, as the parent of children who attend a traditional public school in Brooklyn, last year he was lead plaintiff in Jeffries v. Steiner. Mona David is an unadulterated hypocrite who sends her child to a charter school, but seeks to deny other black and Latino parents from some of the poorest neighborhoods in Brooklyn the same choice. In 2006 we prevailed against the same type of shrill crowd in a Democratic Primary by 40 percentage points. If this is the opposition, we're confident that history will repeat itself.