Re: [nyceducationnews] Keith Wright & Denny Farrell to introduce bill to elim...
- We 'may' see... What happened to the previous discussion, was he m.i.a.
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Date: Tue, 7 Feb 2012 17:01:13
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
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"
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."
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