"I will strangle any parent I find who moved from [PS] 75 into a charter school," City Councilwoman Gale Brewer said last week.
Later, she backtracked to add, "I shouldn't have said it but it came from my heart in that I want parents to keep their children in schools that I believe are ultimately the best.”
The schools to which Brewer refers to are in District 3, where the Harlem Success Academies are proposing to open a new Charter School, this one to be called Upper West Success Academy. The particular school, PS 75, is at 128% overcrowding, with slightly more than 50 percent of students passing the state math and English exams.
This is what Ms. Brewer considers the best, and what she would stop parents from leaving (by strangulation, if neccessary).
The Harlem Success Academies were profiled in the film The Lottery, reviewed, here.
As documented in the film, resistence to their latest charter school has followed the traditional path of unions, outside agitators, and hysterical parents.
Read more, here.
One does have to wonder why, if they believe their own schools are better, those out to stop the Success Academies are so afraid of the competition? If their schools are indeed better, won't parents abandon charters in droves and run screaming back? And if they are better, how is it serving the community, again, to force families to stay in inferior schools?
The arguement goes that charter schools take money away from the public schoools. They most certainly do. They take money away from schools parents deem worse, and give them to schools parents deem better. This is bad? Only for the schools that can't make the grade....