Teacher talk: Fighting for space in Bloomberg’s New York schools.

I know this is weird, but GothamSchools.org actually prints the views of (hold on to your hats!) a teacher.

Arthur Goldstein, a teacher and UFT chapter leader at NY’s Francis Lewis High School, writes about the impact on traditional schools as charter share a building.

Overcrowding comes to city schools for various reasons. In my school, our reputation makes kids want to come, we have magnet programs like JROTC that attract kids from near and far, and there’s never been a cap on enrollment. Neighborhood schools like PS 123 don’t get the opportunity to grow and expand because other schools are simply placed into whatever vacant spaces they may have. In fact, as Juan Gonzalez reported, space they’d actually been using was commandeered by a charter school chain. It now appears Eva Moskowitz’s Harlem Success Academy will be taking that space permanently.

PS 123 has gone from an F-rated school to a B-rated school, and you’d think that would merit some encouragement from the Department of Education. You’d be mistaken. Rather than expand upon the progress they’ve made, the building that houses PS 123 has become a civics lesson for all who teach and study there—a newly designed two-tier education system. 55 years ago, Brown v. Board of Education stated, “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” At PS 123, separate educational facilities can be found within the same school building.

One thought on “Teacher talk: Fighting for space in Bloomberg’s New York schools.

  1. And they continue to pretend that it’s “all about the kids.” It’s about getting teachers. It’s about disrupting public education.

    No one should think for half a moment that Bloomberg or his chancellor or any of the reformers don’t already know the truth of what Arthur wrote.

    And no one should think that they don’t care. They do care. Just about very different things than we do.

    They use overcrowding to pursue their aims. In the Bronx, they overcrowded large high schools to push them out of control, to help seal the argument for mass-produced mini-schools (many of them horrible). They overcrowd middle schools that they want to target for charter takeover.

    There is not a misunderstanding here. There is conflict, with teachers, kids and neighborhoods on one side, and with the Mayor, Chancellor, etc on the other.

    Jonathan

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