In the past week the battle over charter schools has escalated rapidly, with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio butting heads with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo over everything from universal Pre-K to de Blasio’s decision to terminate the co-location agreements of two charter schools run by corporate reformer Eva Moskowitz.
I think we all know which side each politician is on. Cuomo is your classic corporate Democrat who might be called a moderate Republican in other days. He likes needling progressive Democrats, and these days he likes needling Mayor Bill de Blasio.
But much, much more is at stake these days than political point-scoring. In the segment that followed the one at the top, Chris Hayes’ panelists discuss the termination of Success Academy’s special co-location terms.
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As Chris Hayes rightly asks, who was fighting for the rights of the children in the nearly-200 public schools closed by the Bloomberg administration? Like Chicago and Philly, the parents of children in those schools opposed their closure, but their voices fell on dead air. There was no governor defending their rights, no wealthy charter school operator filing suit on their behalf. There was silence, with the exception of the parents who did their best to prevent those schools from closing.