Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Watchdog Education Groups Rally to Stop Charter Schools Free Ride

There is a battle brewing related to the Board of Education policy to give away or rent space to Charter Schools at drastically discounted rents. Various watchdog education groups have organized a press conference for this Thursday to help get the word out. Please do review the e-mail sent to see their point of view or to participate in the event. The basic question seems to be; why are our tax dollars funding charter schools which are often for profit entities?????

Join us for our press conference before our court hearing demanding education corporations which operate charter schools, comply with NY State Law and pay rent. Although, publicly funded with YOUR taxes, charter schools are privately managed educations corporations governed by their private board of directors. The "charter" is simply the name of the contract between the education corporation and the NY State Education Department.

Mayor Bloomberg gives away public school space to these private education corporations for FREE, violating NY State Law.

Each year, Mr. Bloomberg gives away approximately $100 million in FREE rent and recently allocated another $200 million dollars to help them build their own buildings, while seeking to layoff public school staff workers, cutting childcare services and slashing public school budgets.

WHO: New York City Parents Union, Class Size Matters, parents and supporters of quality public education for all children.

WHAT: Press conference followed by court hearing demanding education corporations pay rent for public school space.

WHEN: Thursday, September 15, 2011

TIME: 9:00AM

WHERE: New York State Supreme Court
60 Centre Street

Take 4/5/6 to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall; 2/3 to Park Place; N/R to City Hall; A/C/E to Chambers Street

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