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Chair of NY Regents Threatens to Close Schools that DeBlasio Wants to Help

November 17, 2014

You can see from this blog post what DeBlasio and Farina are up against… and the mainstream media in NYS are lined up in support of the close’m down mentality as well. A spring showdown looks to be in the works…

Diane Ravitch's blog

Recently Mayor Bill DeBlasio and Chancellor Carmen Farina announced a plan to help struggling schools by providing extra tutoring, after-school programs, and other needed resources. They made clear that they wanted to support schools with low test scores instead of closing them. The mayor said he would invest $150 million in extra resources to the lowest performing schools.

However, Merryl Tisch, the chancellor of the state Board of Regents, said on a radio show that if the schools didn’t show progress by this coming spring,  she would move to close them and replace them with charter schools. The Tisch family, in addition to being generous philanthropists, are big supporters of charter schools.

Giving the DeBlasio plan only a few months to prove its success seems awfully unfair. Schools don’t get “turned around” in a few months. Surely Tisch knows that.

She said:

The main issue, according to Tisch, is that…

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