Friday, March 07, 2014
To Chancellor Camen Farina. How About Placing Eva Moskowitz's Schools In The Trailers?
Now that Chancellor Carmen Farina is trying to find a location to place one of Eva Moskowitz's charter schools, how about putting them in those decrepit, moldy, and dirty trailers that too many public school students are forced to learn in. I believe that with all the money that Eva rakes in, she can either spruce them up or replace them entirely while paying appropriate rent for the privilege. Meanwhile the public school students can be placed in newly freed space in the schools that would have had charter schools squeezed into their building.
Interestingly all the media outlets, the Governor, and now Regent Meryl Tisch has asked that the City find an appropriate place for the charter schools. Where were the media outlets and these people when the Bloomberg Administration put thousands of children in trailers that outlived their useful life year after year? Many of these trailers are cramped, smelly, and require children to face the elements to travel to and from them. However, I never read a complaint from the media and their editorial boards, about the trailers. Did anyone hear the Governor, the Commissioner, or the Regents Board complain about the trailers?.
Another thing, had the Moskowitz Success Charter middle school moved into the PS 147 building in Central Harlem would have reduced space and displace students with disabilities as it was projected to have up to a 132% utilization capacity, a totally unacceptable use of building space for learning.. In other words the inclusion of 194 carefully selected students would displace the City's most needy students with disabilities. While others would receive services in the hallways or common areas. How interesting that the media and the politicians don't seem, to mention that outrage?
The bottom line, all these charter schools should be paying rent for using the City school buildings and use the money to provide the proper resources and instruction that the Bloomberg Administration failed to do for the public school students..