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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-25-12 08:34 PM
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Sweet deals for Eva Moskowitz and her Success Charter schools, public kept in the dark.
It seems they postponed the vote after the article came out, but that doesn't change the secretive use of public money.

Public kept in dark about sweet deals for Success Charter Network schools

SUNY trustees are rushing to approve a whopping 50% increase in the annual per-pupil management fee the state pays to one of the citys biggest and most controversial charter school operators.

Under the plan, the Success Charter Network, run by former City Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz, will see its management fee jump from $1,350 to $2,000 for each pupil enrolled at its five schools in the Harlem area.

..."The increase for the Success Network is being carried out in a stealth manner, as is an accompanying proposal to reorganize its five Harlem schools Harlem Success Academy 1 to 5 under a single nonprofit corporation, even though they are located in three separate community school districts.

.."Opponents claim the Success Network creams the best performing students from the public schools and foments neighborhood conflicts by always insisting on more space in public school buildings where its programs are located.

In a article published after the vote was postponed, Moskowitz blamed the teachers' union.

Vote delayed on controversial fee hike for Eva Moskowitz's Success Charter Network schools

Officials delayed a vote Tuesday on a controversial fee hike for Eva Moskowitzs charter chain.

The SUNY Board of Trustees was slated to vote on Success Charter Networks request that the state pay it 50 % more in per-pupil management fees for its five Harlem schools.

..."Moskowitz blamed the teachers union for the delayed vote.

"We are disappointed that union opposition has once again made it difficult to do the right thing for children, Moskowitz said.

I had saved a blog post from 2010 describing Moskowitz, Joel Klein, and Michael Bloomberg as The Trifecta of Corruption.

Joel Klein, Eva Moskowitz, and Mike Bloomberg: The Trifecta of Corruption

I thought the Village Voices Steve Thrasher made my week with his expose of an Upper East Side public school thoughtfully segregated between gifted, mostly Caucasian students, and averege, mostly minority students. The best was the revelation that the gifties stroll through the front door, while the others must go in the back same for the respective staffs.Some highlights: Gifted students are outed by performance on a test given at the age of four. The two schools have different schedules, the students have separate recesses, lunchtimes, and there is a marked difference between class sizes, materials, and perks. Its quite a read.

The blog links to a 2010 article by Juan Gonzalez at the NY Daily News.

There are 77 primary documents linked as well. They appear to be the emails between Moskowitz and Joel Klein about closing public schools for the advantage of her charter schools. You have to log in to your gmail to see them.

I love the term Trifecta of Corruption.

I despise the way such power has been enabled by the policies of this administration.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-25-12 09:59 PM
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1. That plus the indictments of the Believe Charter schools founder.
Does make one lose confidence.

Head of Believe Charter Network indicted on 11 felonies. Public money involved.

Don't hear any party leaders speaking out such corruption and saying enough of that. Not a word.

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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-26-12 08:56 AM
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2. Plus the misuse of public dollars at FL Christian private schools.
How can people not care more about this?

Florida private Christian Academy won't address concerns over how it collects, spends tax dollars.

Yet teachers are paying this price for this tragic policy. Career teachers who really care. If money continues to be taken from public schools this way, they can not survive and function.
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