Hidden somewhere in the mayoral control renewal, the one Randi Weingarten supported, is a clause that allows Chancellor Klein to do whatever he likes in the case of an "emergency." Apparently, an emergency entails Klein being told he can't evict a bunch of autistic children to make room for a charter school.
I'm in Montreal right now, but I'm hoping to make it back by tomorrow. If I manage that, I'm going to attend a protest of this outlandish abuse of power. I hope you will too. Here are the particulars:
As I am sure many of you are aware, Chancellor Klein has chosen to void a recent decision of NYSED Commissioner Steiner in favor of halting the expansion of Girls Prep into space occupied by students with autism who attend a D 75 School, P 94M, on the Lower East Side.
Elected officials, such as Assembly Speaker Silver, State Senator Squadron, Boro Pres. Stringer, Pub. Advocate Bill De Blasio, Council Members Mendez, CEC presidents and CCSE (Citywide Council on Special Education) members, have roundly criticized this move. The Chancellor has chosen to ignore the interests of students with disabilities.
On Monday, August 9, 2010 at 1:00 PM, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer will host a Press Confernce at One Center Street, across form the DOE headquarters at Tweed Courthouse, to comment on this egregious abuse of power.
Please join those of us who support Boro President Stringer and his efforts to bring attention to a blatant misuse of power.
It is importatnt to have as many members of the education community as possible at One Center Street, at 1 PM on Monday, August 9, to demonstrate their disagreement with, and dismay at, the Chancellor's actions.
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