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Charter School Invasion of PS32 Called Off

March 10, 2011

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Today, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz announced that the New York City Department of Education is no longer pursuing the temporary siting of Brooklyn Prospect Charter School at PS 32, a move that would have threatened the continued success of the ASD Nest program at the school. “I am relieved to announce that the Department […]

City plans to take space from autism program at PS 32 for charter school

March 10, 2011

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Brooklyn Prospect Charter School is readying a move from Sunset Park into PS 32 on Hoyt and Union streets, a proposal that critics say will eliminate space dedicated to the school’s 40 autistic students. “Our school is going to be radically altered,” said Larissa Bailiff, whose autistic son Evan is a first-grader at the school. […]

DOE Adds Two More Schools To List of Closings

March 9, 2011

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Three months after the Department of Education announced plans to close more than two dozen struggling schools, two more schools have been added to the list. Bronx Academy High School and Pacific High School in Brooklyn are the most recent additions to the DOE’s list of 28 schools that it’s tried to shutter this year. […]

Bloomberg’s Budget Surpluses

March 9, 2011

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by Glenn Pasanen Given a 10th chance to continue his serial budget cuts, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, at least on the surface, pulled back. The mayor’s preliminary budget for fiscal year 2012 and four-year financial plan, released Feb. 17, is something of a surprise. It is a remarkably cool, even complacent document. No big new cuts. […]

The Myths Behind the “budget crisis”

March 9, 2011

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MYTH # 1 “States and cities have budget deficits that must be solved by cutting expenditures, i.e. public sector worker wage freezes, layoffs, closing of schools, hospitals and firehouses, cuts in state and municipal workers’ wages, pensions and other benefits, raising tuition at city and state colleges and cuts in medicaid to the poor.” True, […]

The End of Public Education

March 9, 2011

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By Matt Meyer Though we may not like to admit it, the U.S. commitment to publicly supported teachers and students is coming to an abrupt end. The global corporate penchant for privatization, commoditization, and enclosure is having chilling effects on policies that scholar Henry Giroux suggests “seek nothing less than the total destruction of the […]

Parents Across America – Diane Ravitch

February 16, 2011

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Parents Across America – Diane Ravitch from Grassroots Education Movement on Vimeo.