Cuomo and charter school hedge fund backer calls Black N.Y. senate leader and unions worse than the Klan.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has plans to take up the banner dropped by Hillary Clinton as leader and presidential contender from the centrist wing of the Democratic Party.

One of his key backers in New York is hedge funder, Daniel Loeb.

Loeb is another one of those members of the billionaire boys club who loves charter schools.

These guys love talking about how charter schools represent the civil rights movement of the current period.

But every once in a while the essential racism of the charter movement is exposed. As when former Arne Duncan aide and charter advocate Peter Cunningham suggested that the fight against school segregation is a waste of time and money.

“Maybe the fight’s not worth it,” he wrote in U.S. News and World Report last year.

And gain this week when Daniel Loeb attacked an African American New York state senate leader, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who represents suburban Westchester County.

In a private meeting last month, The Times reported, Ms. Stewart-Cousins said to Mr. Cuomo during a debate over who best understands suburban voters: “You look at me, Mr. Governor, but you don’t see me. You see my black skin and a woman, but you don’t realize I am a suburban legislator.”

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic leader, at a news conference in Albany in April. Credit Nathaniel Brooks for The New York Times

Mr. Loeb weighed in on behalf of Senator Jeffrey D. Klein of the Bronx, the leader of a group of Democrats that has split from Ms. Stewart-Cousins.

“Thank God for Jeff Klein and those who stand for educational choice and support Charter funding that leads to economic mobility and opportunity for poor knack kids,” Mr. Loeb wrote, with “knack” apparently a typographical error for “black.” “Meanwhile hypocrites like Stewart-Cousins who pay fealty to powerful union thugs and bosses do more damage to people of color than anyone who has ever donned a hood.”

A civil rights movement whose financial backers call an African American woman state senate leader and unions worse than the Klan?

Some movement.

3 Replies to “Cuomo and charter school hedge fund backer calls Black N.Y. senate leader and unions worse than the Klan.”

    1. And many more, Jon. Most–or all–of us in the education community (including parents & students)cannot get over what was done to public education by Obama & Arne. When we elected Obama, I, like many others, thought, “Great! An absolute end to NCLB!” Instead, we got not just more of the same, but Race to the Top, aka NCLB on steroids. & this didn’t just end w/Arne–the final Obama stab in the back–the appointment of John King when Arne left. And give a shout-out to all the other DEFERs (like Cory Booker, also said to be a 2020 contender) who have pushed charters & testing & consultants & everything else in order to destroy public ed., handing “other people’s children” over to their greedy, privatizing fiends. Oops…I meant friends.
      These people out-DeVos DeVos.
      Because they should know–& do–better. But it’s ALL about $$$$, power & control.

  1. Very true Fred.Look @the black ald. on the south &west sides.They support Rahm while their services & public education funding gets progressively cut

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