Transcript of the video clip here on Democracy.Now, and 77 pages of emails written between 2006 and 2009 can be found here.
". . . what it shows is an enormous amount of direct support by the top person in the public school system to these charter schools, in terms of raising money for them, overruling lower-level officials who were insisting that certain policies don’t allow them to do certain things. A very close relationship between the top chancellor of the New York City school system and this very small charter network leader in Harlem."
Read Gonzalez's original article here.
Also read NYC Educator, PerdidoStreet (which gives tel. nos. for Liu, DeBlasio and Quinn to place your complaint), and Accountable Talk on the same topic.
And while we're dealing with great moments in EdDeform history, view this link for what parent activists Jane Hirschmann (Time Out from Testing, left) and Lisa Donlan think about Klein's "Puppet" PEP.
Puppeteer Donlan: "Education puppet, did you actually read the 20 educational impact statements that talk about the schools ... they're supposed to vote on tonight?"
Puppeteer Hirschmann: "Read?!? I'm a PUPPET. I don't read!!!"
Puppeteer Donlan: "Education puppet, did you actually visit any of the schools that you are [slated] to vote on for closing tonight?"
Puppeteer Hirschmann: "Go to public schools? I don't go there. My kids go to private schools."
Puppeteer Donlan: "Did you actually attend any of the local hearings and listen to the hours and hours of heartfelt testimony from teachers, and parents, and students, and administrators ... in the schools they're voting to close today?"
Puppeteer Hirschmann: "Listen to parents? and students? and teachers? No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. I am much too busy on my Blackberry!"
Michael Best and Joel Klein's reaction to that one —