Improving Education for the Poor… and the Left

Again, no surprises.
Feb. 28, 2014 6:48 p.m. ET
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio carried through this week on one of his campaign’s “progressive” promises: his assault on charter schools. Mr. de Blasio announced that he would not allow Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy to open three new charter schools that had been approved by previous Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

Readers of these columns are familiar with this fight, so we’ll break it down to the basics. There are nearly 200 charter schools serving some 70,000 students in New York City. Nearly all are located in the poorest minority neighborhoods of Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan. Local media coverage of the announcement made clear that affected black and Hispanic parents are upset. “I’m angry beyond belief,” said Shea Reeder about the shutdown of the Harlem charter her child attends.

Speaking of beyond belief, we have three pertinent questions: Where is U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan ? Where is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ? And where is the President of the United States who, incredibly, announced his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative the same week this happened?

All three men are on record supporting charter schools, for the obvious reason that charters give the poorest kids a chance to get ahead. All three have been silent on the New York City shutdown.

This is a high-noon moment for charters. These three can either get out in public to defend these schools, or pull down the shades while Bill de Blasio and his union pals kill them off one by one over the next four years.

Calling Arne Duncan –


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