UPDATE: Scott Stringer Video at PS 123 After Walk-Through and Answers Questions from GEMers

    UPDATE VIDEOS: PS 123, Harlem, July 10, 2009
    (I'm reposting this with some new material)

    When the DOE ruled in HSA's favor in its invasion of PS 123 on July 9, two days after we rallied there after teachers physically prevented HSA movers from removing their stuff, we held a rally up there on the morning of July 10. Tony Avella and Scott Stringer came by.

    In this new video (also viewable in the Ed Notes sidepanel) from July 10 PS 123 July 10 2009: HSA Press Release Discussed GEMers and others review the Harlem Success Press Release attacking Stringer and ACORN as UFT lackies. The release calls the failing schools "UFT schools" when in reality they are Joel Klein/Mike Bloomberg schools and have been for 7 years. The press release attacks the UFT for trying to preserve a "luxurious" teachers lounge.

    Remember, Stringer defeated Eve Moskowitz for Manhattan Borough president with strong UFT support, which the press release talks about.

    In this video posted yesterday (
    Scott Stringer at PS 123 After Walk-Through and Answers Questions) Scott Stringer emerges from PS 123 after his walk through om July 10, 2009. After a speech, members of GEM question him about the influx of charters. He tries to duck and keep it to the local situation. Some of the locals are a bit nervous at the direction this is going.

    Here is JW's excellent report at the GEM blog:

    GEM people asked all the right questions and made all the right points.
    Stringer: "We're on the case."

    Stringer: "We're going to work."
    But, they haven't been on the case, and they're only going to get on it if it becomes politically expedient.

    You could tell there's a long way to go after Norm Scott asked:
    "If Bloomberg and Klein run the schools for 7 years, they're in charge of every school, how do they manage to push the idea of a charter school, which basically absolves them of the responsibility.

    In other words, isn't that an admission of their failure if they say that public schools are failing and they need charter schools. Isn't there a contradiction in that very concept?
    Stringer dodged it, claiming his purpose that morning was to see what's going on at 123 and try to figure out a solution.
    Stringer: "Today's not about THAT fight."
    Of course it isn't — to him. Because he and his colleagues on the City Council have watched privatization for seven years, first with the Gates money and now with the charters. The flood of no-bid contracts, non-educator corporate ideology, and inflated PR teams are not new, and it's obvious these people have bought into the process. In fact, it's in their interest to let their constituents, not to mention the entire nation, believe that the NYC school system is a model of "accountability" and "transparency," with scores going "up" and graduation rates "on the rise."

    The fight that Stringer sidelined at Scott's question is the fight, no two ways about it. And it's going to have to get much louder before elected officials like Stringer get down with making quality facilities equal for all public school kids.

    — JW

    All videos of the PS 123 rallies on July 7 and July 10
    PS 123 July 10 2009: HSA Press Release

    Scott Stringer at PS 123 After Walk-Through and Answers Questions

    Scott Stringer, Tony Avella at PS 123

    PS 123 July 10 2009 (Angel Gonzalez and George Scmidt)

    PS 123 Rally

    PS 123 Harlem Parents Make Their Case Against Harlem Success

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