Sunday, November 05, 2006

Pay No Attention to That Man Behind the Screen

Chancellor Joel "El Exigente" Klein doesn't play favorites. He just calls 'em as he sees 'em.

That's why he went out of his way to condemn the NEST-M school. He does not care for the selection process. It's failed to meet his exacting standards for objectivity. Klein's criticism, of course, is totally unrelated to the parents successfully having fought his proposed placement of a billionaire's charter school in their building.

His removal of the NEST principal, despite the fact that her school was excellent by all accounts, is also completely unrelated. When the parents protested, and were hauled away by the police, it had nothing whatsoever to do with their actions. The chancellor adores parental involvement. The impending audit of parent association finances is just a coincidence.

Furthermore, the fact that the billionaire's charter was placed in the very best facility the city had to offer was another coincidence. What NEST should have done was let absolutely everyone and anyone in, and let the building swell to 250% capacity (and growing), just as my school has. After all, no one's died in a fire, and no one's been trampled to death in my building.

Not yet, anyway. But the point is you don't see us rejecting students for any reason whatsoever.
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