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Retired teacher who sees much harm to public education from the "reforms" being pushed by corporations. Privatizing education is the wrong way to go. Children can not be treated as products, thought of in terms of profit and loss.

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TPP branded as trade agreement, but what's really at stake. From Public Citizen.

Branded as trade agreement, but what's really at stake.

Trade officials from twelve Pacific Rim nations--Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile,
Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vi-
etnam are in intensive, closed door negotiations to sign the TransPacific Partner-
ship (TPP), a sweeping Free Trade Agreement (FTA), in 2014. Every Pacific Rim na-
tion from China to Russia could eventually be included. There are draft texts for
many of this pact’s 29 chapters, most of which have nothing to do with trade, but
rather impose limits on domestic food safety, health, environmental, and other policies. The governments won’t release the texts to the public. But about 600 U.S. corporate “trade advisors” have full access. America’s worst job offshoring corporations, global banks, agribusiness, and pharmaceutical giants want this deal to be another corporate power tool like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Consumer, labor, environmental, and other public interest advocates want a transparent process and a “Fair Deal or No Deal.”

A major goal of U.S. multinational corporations for the TPP is to impose on more countries a set of extreme foreign investor privileges and rights and their private enforcement through the notorious “investor state” system. This system allows foreign corporations to challenge before international tribunals national health, consumer safety, environmental, and other laws and regulations that apply to domestic and foreign firms alike. Outrageously, this regime elevates individual corporations and investors to equal standing with each TPP signatory
country’s government and above all of us citizens. This regime would empower corporations to skirt national courts and directly challenge our governments before tribunals of private sector lawyers operating under UN and World Bank rules to demand taxpayer compensation for domestic regulatory policies that investors believe
diminish their “expected future profits.”
These regulatory policies can be anything from government procurement contracts and environmental protection to financial regulation.

If a corporation “wins”, the taxpayers of the “losing” country must foot the bill. Over $400 million in compensation has already been paid out to corporations in a series of investor
state cases under NAFTA style deals alone.


And a little from one of my favorite columnists, Michael Hiltzik.

On the other side of the argument is the trade pact's potential to foster economic growth and job creation — "650,000 jobs in the U.S. alone," as Secretary of State John F. Kerry asserted last month. But that widely challenged figure is extrapolated from a 2012 report by the Peterson Institute of International Economics, which didn't offer a jobs estimate. In fact, the report said the TPP might dislocate workers and drive older people out of the workforce — and that any benefits might be canceled out by the resulting costs to workers and society. Evidence from earlier trade pacts, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, suggests that the benefits for developing countries among the treaty signatories are similarly oversold.


Here is more from the Public Citizen website about the Investor State system.

Investor-State Attacks: Empowering Foreign Corporations to Bypass our Courts, Challenge Basic Protections

Among the most dangerous but least known parts of today's "trade" agreements are extraordinary new rights and privileges granted to foreign corporations and investors that formally prioritize corporate rights over the right of governments to regulate and the sovereign right of nations to govern their own affairs. These terms empower individual foreign corporations to skirt domestic courts and directly challenge any policy or action of a sovereign government before World Bank and UN tribunals.

Comprised of three private attorneys, the extrajudicial tribunals are authorized to order unlimited sums of taxpayer compensation for health, environmental, financial and other public interest policies seen as frustrating the corporations' expectations. The amount is based on the "expected future profits" the tribunal surmises that the corporation would have earned in the absence of the public policy it is attacking. There is no outside appeal. Many of these attorneys rotate between acting as tribunal "judges" and as the lawyers launching cases against the government on behalf of the corporations. Under this system, foreign corporations are provided greater rights than domestic firms.

This extreme "investor-state" system already has been included in a series of U.S. "trade" deals, forcing taxpayers to hand more than $400 million to corporations for toxics bans, land-use rules, regulatory permits, water and timber policies and more.
Under a similar pact, a tribunal recently ordered payment of more than $2 billion to a multinational oil firm. Just under U.S. deals, more than $38 billion remains pending in corporate claims against medicine patent policies, pollution cleanup requirements, climate and energy laws, and other public interest policies.


At the bottom of that link there are more examples of other cases going on.

I was also reading a post here today that I had missed.

Fact or Fiction: Does the Hatch-Wyden-Obama Trade Promotion Authority Bill Protect U.S. Sovereignty

Thanks, Cali, for posting that.

I am surprised at how many still compare sincere questioning about such a drastic policy to being a hater of Obama. I still get feedback that is ugly when I question how public education and public school teachers have been steamrolled by this administration's corporate education reform.

I hope the use of terms like hater soon stops, or else it is going to be a tough time until next November.

My late hubby and I supported Obama both times, not just donating but locally taking part as well. It makes me feel like I am no longer part of a party when questioning policies brings labels like that.


Obama compared liberal TPP complaints to rumors of "death panels" during Obamacare debate

This article from National Journal links to Democratic Underground.

I am very upset when our Democratic leaders talk like that. Opposing the trade agreement that would likely take away our sovereignty makes us as liberals nothing at all like the tea party right.

This trade deal seems so serious a step that I would say that if it passes our votes would mean very little from then on.

He was speaking to an OFA group.

Obama Compares Progressive Opposition to Trade Deal to ‘Death Panels’ as the Left Ramps Up Opposition

"If you were watching MSNBC and all this stuff, and you're thinking, 'Oh, man, I love Obama but what's going on here?'" the president joked. Obama tried to reframe the deal as part of his push for what he calls "middle-class economics," which he said was "the idea that this country does best when everybody gets their fair shot, everybody does their fair share, everybody plays by the same set of rules."

Obama also called the deal "the most progressive trade agreement in our history," adding that it has labor and environmental enforcements. Obama compared the liberal complaints to the rumors of "death panels" during the Obamacare debate.

But the line was seen as a slap in the face to some progressives.

"It's shameful to see President Obama compare Democrats who oppose fast-tracking the TPP through Congress to Sarah Palin and the delusional 'death panels' rhetoric," said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, in a statement. "Frankly, it's beneath this president to resort to such name-calling."


And the link to a post here:

The speech is the latest effort in the Obama team's hard sell to progressives. A group of former Obama campaign officials have also started a pro-TPP group called the Progressive Coalition for American Jobs. On Friday, George Zornick of The Nation tweeted that Obama joined a press call with Labor Secretary Thomas Perez on Friday, and criticized politicians who "send emails out to their fundraising base that they're working to stop a secret deal," a not-so-subtle shot at Warren.

More recently, Organizing for Action sent out an email about TPA that Democratic Underground posted trying to explain the importance of the legislation. The email also argued that the term "fast track" for TPA was a misnomer because TPA would have to go through Congress like any other bill.


Well, now, to quote Elizabeth Warren recently... "We're Not Allowed To Talk About" TPP Specifics, Process Is "Rigged"

SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN: They're asking us to vote now on greasing the skids, so that we give up now any chance to be able to amend it, any chance to be able to block it or slow it down. Give all that up, and then you'll get to see the deal on the other side...

We can talk about the facts that the American people can't see, but there is one fact the American people can see; how the negotiation process worked.


These negotiations have been going on for a long time and there are 28 different working groups for it. 85% of the people in those working groups are senior executives in various industries that will be affected or lobbyists for those industries.

They're the ones who helped shape the deal, they're the ones who determine what the deal is going to look like on the other side. My view is, when the process is rigged, the outcome is likely to be rigged.


Negotiations have been so secretive, it pretty much says it is not at all about the people...and everything about the power players.

Florida testing halted again today due to company unauthorized updates. Not the first time.

FSA testing halted today because of computer problems, schools say

An "unapproved" and "unnecessary" computer update done this weekend by Florida's testing contractor disrupted testing for thousands of Florida students this morning when they could not log on to the state's computer system, Education Commissioner Pam Stewart told superintendents this morning.

Stewart said at 11 a.m. that the problem has been resolved and districts could try again to administer FSA reading and math exams. The Orange, Lake and Seminole county school districts said they have been able to resume testing at least some students.

In the telephone call with superintendents, Stewart said she as "exasperated, frustrated, dismayed, angry" that the state's testing contractor, American Institutes for Research, or AIR, had made a "technical change" during the weekend to the testing system.

"It was not approved by the department," she said. "It was not necessary to the administration of the FSA."


This test grades teachers, students, schools....it's a no excuses high stakes test which can override a student's other school progress, even that of honor students.

It should not count.

Opponents of high-stakes testing quickly took to social media sites to argue the new problems mean students shouldn't be judged by FSA results.


Not the first time testing has gone badly this time.

FL testing a mess. Girl finished essay, there was no submit button.

From an anonymous Florida teacher:

Today I got to see the frustration and anger on a kids face. She had finished her essay and was ready to submit, but there wasn’t a submit button. The test was saved and then paused. Moved to another computer. Logged in and …. Nothing. All her work was gone. Case opened with FSA. The young lady was really angry. Who could blame her? She refused to “rewrite the essay” or even “submit the test” which was now blank. This is where testing has gone too far. How many students have had to deal with this statewide?

From Orlando Sentinel reporter Leslie Postal: Florida’s new online testing system lost the writing exams of more than 300 Central Florida students who took the test this month. Most of the essays have since been recovered, but about 50 remain missing.



At least 155,000 NY students opted out of tests on Thursday. Big protest. Picture.

With Massive Boycott of Standardized Tests, New York Students Take Stand Against Corporate Education


Tens of thousands of students in New York boycotted the annual state-mandated English Language Arts exams this week in a grassroots challenge to Governor Andrew Cuomo's controversial education agenda.

Organizers, including educational advocacy group United to Counter the Core, said at least 155,000 students opted out of the tests on Thursday, with only half of the state's districts tallied. That figure is up from 112,763 on Wednesday—and up from 49,000 last year. Testing began on Tuesday.

The revolt is in response to what parents, students, and activists say is a political takeover of educational standards—seen at the national level as well—that pushes a focus on standardized exams and a Common Core curriculum, developed by a secretive for-profit company, that compromises learning for test preparation.

In late March, Cuomo approved a budget that included many divisive revisions to the state education agenda, including teacher evaluations based partly on test scores, which critics say take too long , are too vague to be accurate, and fail to measure real learning.

Investigative journalist Juan Gonzalez explained the concerns over the increased focus on testing in his column for the New York Daily News:

The politicians created a test that says all schools are failing, not just the ones in the big cities, then declare a crisis, so they can close more neighborhood schools, launch more charter schools, and target more teachers for firing.

Meanwhile, the private company that fashioned this new test, Pearson, insists on total secrecy over its content.

Speaking of disrespect for teachers' unions...I can tell you what teachers likely to do in 2016

unless someone starts honoring their contracts and their negotiated benefits. They will simply not vote. Teachers tend to be passive by necessity, and they probably won't tell anyone about their decision not to bother. Their careers have been at stake for over 6 years now.

There was a post here today about Obama slamming unions.

Since teachers' unions were not mentioned I decided to post some reminders of how their legal contracts and negotiated benefits have been trampled on. Early on in 2009 both Obama and Secretary of Education warned districts not to cave in to unions.

Then they proceeded with a policy that in effect turned public schools over to education "reformers" who know nothing about educating young people.

Here are some examples...only a few...there are so so many. Remember that many of these teachers were tenured, also known as Continuing Contract and other names.

When they are fired or laid off that is called union-busting.


Newark: 700 Teachers May Be Laid Off and Replaced by TFA

TFA (Teach for America) is a private company that recruits recent college grads and charges thousands of dollars to districts who hire them. Of course districts could hire locally for free.

Veteran journalist Bob Braun reports that Cami Anderson–the Christie administration’s state-appointed superintendent in Newark (and a graduate of Teach for America)–may lay off 700 Newark teachers and replace many or most of them with TFA.

He writes:

“The state administration of the Newark Public Schools (NPS) is expected to lay off hundreds of experienced city teachers and replace many with new hires, including more than 300 members of Teach for America (TFA). The report comes from union sources but is supported both by the latest version of the state’s “One Newark” plan and by the Walton Family Foundation website. The foundation is expected to subsidize the hiring of the new teachers.


More:

7,000 NY teachers laid off in cuts

ALBANY -- Layoffs hit nearly 3 percent of teachers in New York this year, according to a survey released Tuesday by the state Council of School Superintendents.

That translates into more than 7,000 teacher layoffs, said Richard C. Iannuzzi, president of the New York State United Teachers union. Another 4,000 unfilled positions were eliminated.


Chicago teachers faced another group than TFA. It is called the New Teacher Project. They were to replace the teachers laid off because they were not needed. Weird, huh?

Laid off teachers in Chicago surprised by "secret" rating method. New Teacher Project involved.

Chicago Public Schools says it’s using 30 reviewers—all top-notch, National Board Certified teachers—to look over its online teacher applications. They’ve so far reviewed 4,000 applications and added a designation to each one. Winckler said reviewers are trained and are using a rubric developed several years ago by CPS and The New Teacher Project. That’s a national group dedicated to getting high quality teachers into needy schools.


The New Teacher Project, founded by Michelle Rhee, was busy in NY as well.

The city may lay off 8,500 teachers, but education officials still want approval for a contract of up to $5 million a year to recruit even more teachers.

The agency's Panel for Educational Policy will vote later this month on the hefty contract, but already critics are questioning the need to spend money to recruit during a time of layoffs.

"We should put a freeze on any spending related to new hiring. We should not even be going through the expense of negotiating a contract now," said Patrick Sullivan, the panel's Manhattan representative.

Since 2000, the New Teacher Project has contracted with the city to recruit New York City Teaching Fellows. For this school year, the group received $2.8 million for recruiting 705 teachers.


Get that? They want to lay off tenured teachers and pay 5 million to recruit more. That is just plain stupid.

Did you see that "non-profit" has earned 2.8 million since 2000? Really.

And though there is so much more, I think journalist Bob Braun said it well on his Twitter page.


Bob Braun
‏@BobBraunsLedger

TFA calls me "fear mongerer." I feel the fear in hearts of teachers laid off so TFA-ers can slum it for two years. http://bobbraunsledger.com/?p=1254


I think teachers were among the many who stayed home at election time. I am retired, I voted, I voted Democrat.

Now these teachers are having the parents and students come on board with them, and their jobs are even more at stake.

This will drop as most education posts do, I will have people lecture me about how bad teachers' unions are, how public education is no good.

That doesn't matter. Agree or not...the situation exists. No one in leadership particularly cares.

And one more thing. I wish when people stand up for other unions here at a Democratic forum that they would at least mention teachers' unions.

"I believe that we are best as a party when we lead with our principles, not according to polls"

Martin O'Malley said that today, he is right.

Martin O'Malley Goes After Hillary Clinton For Leading By 'Polls,' Not 'Principles

WASHINGTON -- Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) went after Hillary Clinton Thursday, accusing her of changing policy positions based on polls rather than her convictions. It's the first time the prospective Democratic presidential candidate has attacked Clinton since she announced her presidential bid Sunday.

"I’m glad Secretary Clinton’s come around to the right positions on these issues," said O'Malley, referring to same-sex marriage and immigration. O'Malley spoke to reporters at Harvard University, where he gave a speech on the economy.

"I believe that we are best as a party when we lead with our principles and not according to the polls," O'Malley added. "And every election is about the future. And leadership is about making the right decision, and the best decision before sometimes it becomes entirely popular."

Oregon Democrats Kill Health Bill Because It Included Abortion Provision. Shocked me.

I thought maybe Democrats around the country were learning that compromising with the extremist right was a dangerous thing. But this article mentions that Democrats have a "supermajority", and they still killed the bill.

From RH Reality Check:

Oregon Democrats Kill Reproductive Health Bill Because It Included Abortion Provision

An Oregon bill that would have codified the right to affordable, full-spectrum reproductive health care was killed by the state’s Democratic leadership last week because of a provision that would have increased access to abortion.

Backed by a coalition of progressive lawmakers and activists, SB 894, the Comprehensive Women’s Health Bill, appeared strong coming out of the gate in the Democratic-led legislature.

“I’m proud to be working with such a wide range of legislators and advocates on this issue,” state Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (D-Beaverton), one of the bill’s chief sponsors, told RH Reality Check when the bill was introduced in February. “We’ve got Republicans and Democrats, men and women, and advocates from across the spectrum who care deeply about this bill.”

The proposal would have required all health insurance plans to cover a wide range of reproductive health services, including contraception, abortion, prenatal care, childbirth, and postpartum care, at low costs. It would also have allowed pharmacies to dispense a 12-month supply of birth control at one time, and reduced cost sharing and deductibles for abortion care.

But the language on abortion proved a sticking point even for the Oregon legislature, which has a Democratic super-majority and a track record of supporting abortions rights. Senators in the health committee failed to even give the bill a hearing date, killing it by default
.


The cowardly way out...why they did not want to vote on it.

Aimee Santos-Lyons, director of programs for Western States Center, told RH Reality Check. The Western States Center backed the bill. “Senators didn’t want to be asked to vote on abortion and have that on their record. They find it a difficult issue to go public on.”


That's just shameful.

Angie's List head could challenge Pence after religious freedom battle. Quits job to fight law.

Oesterle quit his Angie's List job on Wednesday

Washington (CNN)Mike Pence's stumbles over Indiana's religious freedom law could soon land him in an expensive primary battle against one of the leaders of the backlash the governor faced.

Bill Oesterle, the co-founder and chief executive of Angie's List, the Indianapolis-based consumer review publication who once managed former Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels' campaign, says he is so frustrated with how "badly damaged" Pence left the state that he's returning to politics.

...And he's suggesting that he wants to take Pence on himself.

Oesterle quit his Angie's List job on Wednesday, telling TheStatehouseFile.com that he wants to "begin the long process of repairing that."

"I haven't figured out how I'm going to do that," Oesterle said. "That could involve helping somebody else run. That could involve working on legislative races. That could involve becoming a candidate myself."


More:

Angie's List CEO Bill Oesterle released a statement rejecting the new RFRA deal.


Angie's List CEO Bill Oesterle is seen at a news conference on the “religius freedom” law on March 30, 2015. He was was not present at the legislative news conference on Thursday, April 2, and says the deal worked out by lawmakers to address problems with the law is “insufficient.” (Photo: Charlie Nye/The Star)

Angie's List

Angie's List CEO Bill Oesterle released a statement rejecting the new RFRA deal.

"Employers in most of the state of Indiana can fire a person simply for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning. That's just not right and that's the real issue here."

Read more from the statement and what this could mean for an expansion of the Indianapolis-based company's corporate campus on the Near-Eastside in Jeff Swiatek's full article.


A couple of paragraphs from Swiatek's article:

The Angie's List CEO has said he won't partner with the state in the expansion as long as the RFRA remains intact and protections against those in the LGBT community aren't put in place.

Other businesses that had been critical of the passage of RFRA, including Eli Lilly and Co. and Salesforce.com, showed up to express their support for the revision. Oesterle wasn't seen at the Statehouse announcement.


DeBlasio said they must stop enabling Moskowitz. But Cuomo to hold huge fundraiser for her.

I must give credit to Mayor DeBlasio. Here are his words during the campaign. I found them in a long video interview of Eva Moskowitz by Reason TV. It's about 4 minutes in.

DeBlasio: Time for Eva Moskowitz to stop having the run of the place. She has to stop being tolerated,enabled, and supported.


I don't want to post the totally one-sided video interview. It's sickening. But you can find it at the bottom of Mercedes' blog at the link above.

However look what he is up against. Eva and her Success Academy Charters have found their really Big Time Friend.


Andrew Cuomo at the charter school rally in Albany. (AP Photo/Tim Roske)

ALBANY—Eva Moskowitz said she would go to the president of the United States to help her students if she had to. For now, she's stopping at Andrew Cuomo.

Moskowitz, C.E.O. of Success Academy charter schools in New York City, helped organize a massive rally outside the state Capitol on Tuesday, where she said she was “delighted” to have the governor's support.

Cuomo spoke at the event, pledging his commitment to getting charter schools the money and facilities they need to “thrive,” while down the street New York City mayor Bill de Blasio fought what is shaping up to be a losing battle for his tax-the-rich pre-kindergarten plan.

“It's just nice to have friends and supporters,” Moskowitz said, when asked about Cuomo. “We have felt kind of alone in this fight.”


Yes, she really does have a powerful friend in her fight against public schools.

Governor Cuomo is partnering with Campbell Brown on April 20 to hold a huge fundraiser for the Success Academies.

Cuomo has been a huge supporter of Eva Moskowitz and her charter schools.

Of course her academies can not exist on just what they get from the New York taxpayers as the money is taken from public schools...and given to her school even though they don't keep low-performing students.

They need millions more from private sources.

Not long ago the school had a 7.75 million fundraiser with Erik Prince, Campbell Brown, Jeb Bush.

Members of the mega rich and politically powerful gathered together last night at Cipriani to distort the truth, bash unions, shower each other with praise and raise $ 7.75 million for education entrepreneur Eva Moskowitz and her ever expanding Success Academy empire. Indeed, Moskowitz who for weeks busied herself acting the helpless victim of evil Bill de Blasio ( while at the same time benefiting from a five million dollar anti de Blasio PR blitzkrieg ) announced that she intends to extend her empire in several ways. “ As of August, Success will have 32 schools and 9,000 students. Four years from now, Success plans to have 55 schools with 21,400 students, which, Moskowitz said, would make it the equivalent of the fifth largest district in New York State and half the size of the Washington, D.C. school system. “

.....Displaying their limitless love for the children of the urban poor were many leading representatives of the occupation that was instrumental in bringing the world to the brink of economic collapse: hedge funders. Indeed, Dan Loeb, of the hedge fund group, Third Point LLC, who is also chairman of the Success Academy board, hosted the event. Jimmy Lee, vice chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co.has this to say of Loeb: “Away from all the business press he gets, I think being chairman of his board and giving his time, not just his money, makes him a role model. You can tell he cares.” According to the report in Bloomberg, “ The event was filled with men and women in the hedge-fund industry, including Kyle Bass of Hayman Capital Management, Joel Greenblatt of Gotham Asset Management, Boaz Weinstein of Saba Capital and John Paulson of Paulson & Co. “


She still needs more millions. So now on April 20 Cuomo and Campbell combine to get those millions for her.

Save The Date: Andrew Cuomo, Campbell Brown To Raise Money For Success Academies at Cipriani on Monday April 20, 2015

In case you haven't gotten your tickets already:

Monday, April 20, 2015 Success Academy Charter Schools
Third Annual Spring Benefit. 6:30 pm. Cocktails and dinner. Business attire. Honoring Eli Broad. Chaired by Campbell Brown, Joel Greenblatt, Daniel S. Loeb, John Scully, Regina Scully. Tickets from $1,250.00. Tables from $15,000.00. Cipriani 42nd Street. New York. Contact: Julianna Harder. (212) 245-6570. Event address: 110 East 42nd Street, New York. Event web address: www.successacademies.org.

More incentive to attend:

CUOMO TO HEADLINE SUCCESS ACADEMY BENEFIT—Capital’s Eliza Shapiro: Governor Andrew Cuomo will be the keynote speaker at Success Academy's annual spring benefit this April, according to an invite sent to Success employees this weekend. Cuomo and Success C.E.O. Eva Moskowitz officially became allies last winter, when Cuomo stepped into a battle between Moskowitz and Mayor Bill de Blasio, declaring he would ‘save charter schools’ at a massive Albany rally partially organized by Success. The event will be held April 20 at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan, and will be co-chaired by Success board members Campbell Brown, Daniel Loeb, Joel Greenblatt, and Regina and John Scully. http://bit.ly/1tT6Edx


NY Teacher has a suggestion:


Don't forget, Cuomo was scheduled to speak at the Success Academy Charter Schools Spring Benefit on April 20th; 6:30 pm at Cipriani (42nd St). If he does attend it would be a great place to demo/rally/press.


So does Norm Scott:

A massive protest in front of Ciprianis would be an appropriate response.


Moskowitz goes against accepted and traditional ways of treating children with the proper respect.

She and her teachers have set up an atmosphere in which children would rather have an accident rather than ask to go to the restroom during test prep and testing.



In spring 2013, a commenter on a website on Success Academy Cobble Hill, who described themselves as a parent of a former first grade student, wrote that their child developed problems with going to the bathroom at the charter school:

We were hoping for academic rigor. Instead we found a school that was overly strict, cold, and insensitive to the overall needs of the young children entrusted in their care. My son wet his pants for the first time since he was three years old because the school did not let him go to the bathroom when he asked. The school was incapable of recognizing that he had also developed anxiety around going down the hall to the bathroom.


The explanation of Eva Moskowitz is not very acceptable.

Eva Moskowitz, the founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools, disputed these reports, telling The Times that students are allowed to go to the bathroom during practice tests even though doing so isn't encouraged. These policies are in place, she explained to The Times, "to mimic the environment of the actual test."

"We have plenty of kids who don't always prepare adequately ... very occasionally there are accidents, and we get that it's uncomfortable for the student," Moskowitz told The Times. (my comment...how does one "prepare adequately" for not using the restroom in times of great stress??)

The Success Academy CEO also attributed the "accidents" to "the challenges of sharing space in public school buildings, which meant the restrooms were sometimes several floors away," The Times reports.


That's because the education leaders in New York allowed Moskowitz to move in and take over.



Governor Cuomo, Campbell Brown to hold big money fundraiser for Eva's Success Academy Charters

Cuomo has been a huge supporter of Eva Moskowitz and her charter schools.

Of course her academies can not exist on just what they get from the New York taxpayers as the money is taken from public schools...and given to her school even though they don't keep low-performing students.

They need millions more from private sources.

Not long ago the school had a 7.75 million fundraiser with Erik Prince, Campbell Brown, Jeb Bush.

Members of the mega rich and politically powerful gathered together last night at Cipriani to distort the truth, bash unions, shower each other with praise and raise $ 7.75 million for education entrepreneur Eva Moskowitz and her ever expanding Success Academy empire. Indeed, Moskowitz who for weeks busied herself acting the helpless victim of evil Bill de Blasio ( while at the same time benefiting from a five million dollar anti de Blasio PR blitzkrieg ) announced that she intends to extend her empire in several ways. “ As of August, Success will have 32 schools and 9,000 students. Four years from now, Success plans to have 55 schools with 21,400 students, which, Moskowitz said, would make it the equivalent of the fifth largest district in New York State and half the size of the Washington, D.C. school system. “

.....Displaying their limitless love for the children of the urban poor were many leading representatives of the occupation that was instrumental in bringing the world to the brink of economic collapse: hedge funders. Indeed, Dan Loeb, of the hedge fund group, Third Point LLC, who is also chairman of the Success Academy board, hosted the event. Jimmy Lee, vice chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co.has this to say of Loeb: “Away from all the business press he gets, I think being chairman of his board and giving his time, not just his money, makes him a role model. You can tell he cares.” According to the report in Bloomberg, “ The event was filled with men and women in the hedge-fund industry, including Kyle Bass of Hayman Capital Management, Joel Greenblatt of Gotham Asset Management, Boaz Weinstein of Saba Capital and John Paulson of Paulson & Co. “


She still needs more millions. So now on April 20 Cuomo and Campbell combine to get those millions for her.

Save The Date: Andrew Cuomo, Campbell Brown To Raise Money For Success Academies at Cipriani on Monday April 20, 2015

In case you haven't gotten your tickets already:

Monday, April 20, 2015 Success Academy Charter Schools
Third Annual Spring Benefit. 6:30 pm. Cocktails and dinner. Business attire. Honoring Eli Broad. Chaired by Campbell Brown, Joel Greenblatt, Daniel S. Loeb, John Scully, Regina Scully. Tickets from $1,250.00. Tables from $15,000.00. Cipriani 42nd Street. New York. Contact: Julianna Harder. (212) 245-6570. Event address: 110 East 42nd Street, New York. Event web address: www.successacademies.org.

More incentive to attend:

CUOMO TO HEADLINE SUCCESS ACADEMY BENEFIT—Capital’s Eliza Shapiro: Governor Andrew Cuomo will be the keynote speaker at Success Academy's annual spring benefit this April, according to an invite sent to Success employees this weekend. Cuomo and Success C.E.O. Eva Moskowitz officially became allies last winter, when Cuomo stepped into a battle between Moskowitz and Mayor Bill de Blasio, declaring he would ‘save charter schools’ at a massive Albany rally partially organized by Success. The event will be held April 20 at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan, and will be co-chaired by Success board members Campbell Brown, Daniel Loeb, Joel Greenblatt, and Regina and John Scully. http://bit.ly/1tT6Edx


NY Teacher has a suggestion:


Don't forget, Cuomo was scheduled to speak at the Success Academy Charter Schools Spring Benefit on April 20th; 6:30 pm at Cipriani (42nd St). If he does attend it would be a great place to demo/rally/press.


So does Norm Scott:

A massive protest in front of Ciprianis would be an appropriate response.






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