At the moment it appears the only hope for stopping the city Department of Education from closing August Martin High School and 23 other schools is intervention by the courts.
The puppet city Panel for Educational Policy voted three weeks ago to close the schools. The panel, dominated by appointees of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, decided to spare two schools that had friends in high places.
The plan has been vigorously denounced by Council members, state senators and state Assembly members representing the districts where these schools are located. They are speaking for the people they represent who are angry about the closings.
Who is lame-duck Bloomberg speaking for? In essence, he is saying he knows better than the people who elected him. In fact, he does not understand what these schools mean to communities. His plan to close August Martin HS and reopen it with a new administration and name is costly and foolish.
The decision to make all the teachers in these schools resign and reapply for their positions is mean-spirited. The DOE is blaming teachers for its failure to fund and monitor these schools and control class sizes.
The millions spent on closing the schools would have been better spent fixing them.
We urge the elected officials who have denounced the mayor’s plan to not give up. Challenge the plan at City Hall. Challenge the plan in Albany. And, most importantly, challenge the plan in the courts.
If this city is still a democracy, the closings should not happen.
Troubled Dream Act
As of this writing, the Dream Act, a bill that would help undocumented immigrants obtain public funds to pay for college, is stalled in Albany. Even Gov. Andrew Cuomo is reluctant to take a stand.
This bill is made for the Tea Party activists opposed to spending taxpayer money on anything other than the deportation of immigrants.
In the end, the Dream Act controversy is a tempest in a teapot. It is estimated that the cost of giving these students access to funds will be less than $1 million a year.
The state Legislature should pass the Dream Act before the current session ends.
©2012 Community News Group
By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:
You agree that you, and not TimesLedger.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to TimesLedger.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.