I’ve admired Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York for a long time. He is a self made man, doesn’t need what some have termed the “second toughest job in the world.”
However with the latest flap coming from newly appointed NYC School Superintendant Cathy Black, my admiration has ended.
My hometown has the largest public school district in the US. The schools are choking with an overflow of students. Rather than to look to add space, this cocktail girl wants to close ten schools which have performed well, and jam the students into all ready over crowded facilities.
Although this isn’t funny it reminds me of a line from the “Honeymooners” when Alice said to Ralph, “Ralph you’re trying to put two pounds of baloney in a one pound bag.”
Is it any wonder that this Bloomberg gal pal was vehemently opposed by educators, scholars, and most important by large segments of the community whose kids must attend the schools she now controls.
Here are the schools slated for closure:
-Paul Robeson High School
-Metropolitan Corporate Academy High School;
-School for Community Research and Learning
-Urban Assembly Academy for History and Citizenship for Young Men
-New Day Academy
-Monroe Academy for Business/Law High School
-Academy of Environmental Science Secondary High School
-Academy of Collaborative Education
These schools are located by the way in predominately Black & Puerto Rican neighborhoods.
Now comes word, ten more schools are slated are closure.
Like the GOP dominated House and Tea Party folk, the message is loud and clear:
Cathy Black has got to go!