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  • Monica L. Ayuso
    We may see... What happened to the previous discussion, was he m.i.a. Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T by a PARENT in the kNOw!! ... From: RichardEdBarr@aol.com
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 14, 2012
      We 'may' see... What happened to the previous discussion, was he m.i.a.

      Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T by a PARENT in the kNOw!!

      -----Original Message-----
      From: RichardEdBarr@...
      Date: Tue, 7 Feb 2012 17:01:13
      To: <nyceducationnews@yahoogroups.com>
      Subject: Re: [nyceducationnews] Keith Wright & Denny Farrell to introduce
      bill to elim...


      Good that Wright "sees the light" now.  Pity that he and other legislators don't seem to have enough empathy to get this up in arms when it's happening with a school closing in another district, and another legislator's constituents are upset like his are this time.

      In a message dated 2/7/2012 11:53:32 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, leonie@... writes:  

      Keith Wright Wants To Take Control of City Schools Away From Mayor Bloomberg

      By Hunter Walker
      1/30 1:11pm

      Keith Wright (Photo: NYS Assembly)
      Assemblyman Keith Wright said the Department of Education's plan
      to close the middle school at Wadleigh Secondary School of Performing
      Arts is the final straw that has convinced him to propose a bill that would
      repeal mayoral control of city public schools.
      "People are up in arms. They are quite frankly tired of the dictatorial and
      despotic policies coming out of City Hall where they just arbitrarily and
      capriciously decide that they're going to close schools," Mr. Wright told
      The Politicker. "This is the Alamo as far as I'm concerned right now.
      This is the absolute Alamo and I'm not going to take it anymore."
      Mr. Wright brought up the issue at fellow Assembl yman Herman "Denny"
      Farrell's town
      hall meeting on 147th Street Friday night where he described attending
      last week's rally against the Wadleigh middle school closure.
      "I made a rather emotional statement. I said that I am ready tomorrow or
      Monday to go up to Albany and to repeal mayoral control, because we have been
      through too much," Mr. Wright said. "I've had enough of this mayor in so many
      ways and I've had enough of mayoral control of our schools. So, you may see a
      bill coming out of my office to repeal mayoral control very, very
      Mr. Farrell said he would co-sponsor the bill and Councilman Robert
      Jackson, who also attended the meeting, said he would propose a Council
      resolution in support of the bill.
      After the meeting, Mr. Wright explained to us why he opposes the Wadl eigh
      middle school closure.
      "This is a good school, it's a school that was not failing. It had just
      received an 'A' rating no less than three years ago, and then, they took away
      well over a half-a-million dollars from the school. Thus, its rating went down
      to a 'C,'" Mr. Wright said. "I have no doubt that the mayor wants to
      phase out the school and put in a charter school. I have nothing against
      charter schools, I just think they need to find their own
      Mr. Wright said he definitely plans to follow through on the plan to
      introduce a bill repealing mayoral control of schools.
      "Absolutely," he said. "The sooner, the better."

      Leonie Haimson
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