Andrew Cuomo

Is Cuomo's Support for Charter Schools Waning?

The governor lays out a dismal 2016 education agenda.

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"I stand with you—you are not alone," New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) shouted from the podium at a March 2014 charter school rally in Albany, addressing a crowd of about 11,000 students, parents, and teachers.

Cuomo's supportin 2014 was crucial in helping Success Academy, the city's largest and most successful charter network, overcome local opposition and proceed with its expansion plans. The governor also helped steer passage of a state bill requiring the city to find classroom space for charter schools, or pay rent on their behalf for outside facilities.

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Now Cuomo's support for choice and accountability—one of the few bright spots in his policy agenda—may be waning. On Wednesday, he released a preliminary budget and delivered the State of the State address, announcing a $2.1 billion spending boost for traditional public schools.

New York State schools already lead the nation by spending $18,825 per pupil, as compared to the national average of $10,292.

Rather than closing failing schools and replacing them with more charters, the governor proposed giving them an extra $100 million to take on new responsibilities.

The budget does set aside money for a modest boost in funding for charters, but it also stipulates that state officials should investigate "anecdotal evidence of troubling practices" in the sector's enrollment practices. A 2015 study New York City's Independent Budget Office found that charter school students, including those with disabilities, "stay at their schools at a higher rate than students at nearby traditional public schools."

"[T]here was a lot to like in the governor's speech," said United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew, which pretty much says it all.

For more on New York's charter wars, watch "How Eva Moskowitz Outmuscled the Teachers Union:"

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  1. Well, Reasonoids, work is over and I am now at the pub, wondering where the hell my brand new shiny wire stripers went. I had to use these ancient still pieces of Cuomo to rewrite the flood lights in the cold and it was not fun.

    1. “Stripers” for strippers, “still” for steel, “rewrite” for rewire…I think you’ve been at the pub for some time & just don’t remember. I did eventually figure out what “pieces of Cuomo” meant, though.

      1. I’m picturing “pictures of Lilith”

        1. Good to hear from you!

          How you feeling these days?

        2. Welcome back! I hope you are feeling well.

        3. Hi, Almanian!

        4. Al,

          And honestly, doesn’t Andy look like one of the “hidden” alien’s (https://www.youtube.com

          /watch?v=iJC4R1uXDaE) in Rowdy Roddy Pipers “They Live?”

        5. +1 Who. I always did have a special sympathy for one of my fellow pedophiles.

  2. * strippers, not stripers, dull not still

    1. You are at a pub wondering where your strippers are? Sounds like you are in the wrong kind of joint for that.

      *If your tools are missing it is because someone else found them.

    2. Dull?! I’d’ve never gotten that. Dvorak?

      1. Yeah, I was just thinking…dull, ancient strippers. What circle of hell is DenverJ in?

        1. dull, ancient strippers. What circle of hell is DenverJ in?

          He is in a place I want to be, I can tell you that much.

          1. The circle of hell where work buys me a windows phone, with the worst auto spell/ fill I’ve ever used.
            But, as the alcohol kicks in, it’s getting better.
            Also, working in the phrase “pieces of Cuomo” was the whole point of the post.

            1. Ha! Work bought me a Windows phone and I dropped it on a rock so work bought me a Samsung S5 in an otterbox.

              1. Yeah, windows phones are even the worst than Nikki

                1. The camera was very good.

                  1. So they claim. It takes at least 45 second to open on my phone. And my coworker has the same phone, he’s a shutter-bug and says it’s an over hyped piece of Cuomo.

        2. Thems are weeknight strippers

        3. Speaking of dull and ancient just got home from Star Wars. Talk about overrated.

          1. Yeah I agree. Too much of a repeat of Episode IV.

            1. Exactly which was lame

          2. Also, FWIW, much of the dialog was pretty bad.

            1. Yeah, I was actually bored. Some decent fx but you can’t get by on just that anymore

  3. “[T]here was a lot to like in the governor’s speech,” said United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew, which pretty much says it all.

    New York values, baby.

    1. Money talks

      1. But it don’t dance and sing and it don’t walk.

        1. The lyric is “sing and dance”, Ted’s. Please avoid cocking up Mr. Diamond’s lyrics in the future.

          1. Neil Diamond wrote this? Wow, he’s cooler than I thought.

          2. I’m sorry I’m not perfect and sinless like you.

  4. “The budget does set aside money for a modest boost in funding for charters, but it also stipulates that state officials should investigate “anecdotal evidence of troubling practices” in the sector’s enrollment practices. A 2015 study New York City’s Independent Budget Office found that charter school students, including those with disabilities, “stay at their schools at a higher rate than students at nearby traditional public schools.””

    Jim, what does this mean? Does the second sentence contradict the first, or what?

    1. After reading that several times I concluded that the two sentences are unrelated. They gave the charter schools a little more money but they want to investigate their enrollment practices. One good thing about charter schools is that they do have a better retention rate than schools at nearby regular schools.

      They’re not wanting to investigate the enrollment practices that result in charter school students staying in school longer. ( I hope not, anyway.)

      1. “They’re not wanting to investigate the enrollment practices that result in charter school students staying in school longer.”

        So they are somewhat contradictory it seems.

      2. Selection bias is a bitch.

    2. Sevo, these 2 statements aren’t mutually exclusive. AVERAGE student retention at charter schools is higher, than at the neighborhood traditional public schools.

      At the same time, there want to make sure, that there aren’t any shenanigans, related to enrollment practices, like, for example, that charter schools don’t selectively target their advertisements to one student population over another, or that they don’t get rid of poorly performing students.

      Charter schools in NYC will benefit from a greater degree of transparency, especially since a lot of charter-related information in the media tends to be counter-factual.

  5. It is just heartbreaking the degree to which public sector unions have destroyed education.

    1. Found by accident: chemjeff is not a new commenter. Check the archives. Try 2011.

      1. Oh, you are right. I did comment here 5 years ago or so. Not since then.

        1. Banking your sockpuppets?

          1. I don’t use sockpuppets.

        2. NEVER AGAIN

      2. Old handle. Tulpa likes playing Dr. Frankenstein and reanimating the dead.

    2. That’s not the only thing they’re destroying.

    3. Fuck off, Tulpa.

  6. That’s weird, usually when a book goes out of copyright it doesn’t become an immediate bestseller.

      1. I read the book – or most of it, until I got bored by the left-wing jibes.

        1. But the concept was *almost* interesting enough to carry me through the whole book.

        2. it’s a children’s garden of fascistical fantastes. Big deal. Try reading the fucking “Catcher in the Rye”. I did succeed once in reading the whole thing, but I was left in a stupor of rage and suffused by the unanswerable need to break the fucker’s neck, Cawfield’s that is, for like a week. I’d rather read MEIN KAMPF any day. In fact, there’s lots of fun details there, if you know how to look. I’d rather read THE SOUND AND THE FURY. Fuck, I’d rather read ULYSSES, and I’d rather pay someone to let me wrestle kangaroos to death than that.

          1. “Fuck, I’d rather read ULYSSES, and I’d rather pay someone to let me wrestle kangaroos to death than that.”
            Whoa whoa whoa, here’s where you lost me. I’d rather sit on a cactus than read Ulysses again. Dubliners, sure, but Ulysses? For that reason alone Joyce is worse than Hitler or Salinger.

            Never again.

      2. You didn’t watch the video, did you?

        1. The whole thing? Isn’t it like the book?

          1. Seriously, you never wanted to see a goth chick help Hitler sign up for a You Tube account? What the hell is wrong with you, man?

            1. I saw that part.

              It’s in the book.

              1. Thank you for letting me see the video version 🙂

          2. My brother in law read MEIN KAMPF. He has never read another book since.

            1. Because he’s dead?

  7. Thank you and good night. Live free.

    1. Holee shnickee!

  8. Success Academy

    What a hurtful name! If you don’t go there you’re *doomed*!

  9. AZ had a chance to win, and got too clever by half; they gave Arron Rodgers a totally unnecessary chance to beat them. It’s like loaning a tapped-out poker opponent a hundred bucks to come back and clean you out.
    Anyone with a half a brain DOES NOT DO THAT!
    I have no dog in this fight, but anyone who does that deserves to have that football rammed up their butt. And lose a shot at the SB, besides.

    1. They got away with it, but someone’s patting his rabbit’s foot right now.

      1. Yep. Shouldn’t have re-flipped, I suppose.

    2. And zona won

      1. It’s karma for the cardinals leaving St Louis. Don’t ask how.

        1. Well, now, both the Cardinals and the Rams have left St. Louis. Maybe the issue is St. Louis and not the teams.

          1. I mean, I was being capricious…

          2. Or maybe LA was just dumb enough to jump in bed with the NFL. Good riddance.

  10. What is fucking dismal is the goddamn masters of the pirate seas don’t live anymore with their majestic middle fingers roiling massive waves to burgeoning governments and their gold. What is fucking dismal is we don’t fucking have no more goddamn Robinhoods or Jesuses. Or, motherfucking Barney Rossets, Hitchens, or Burroughs. Blackbeard doesn’t sail a sea near my fucking dreams, man. Hell is twisted and confused and heaven thinks it overdosed on white panty clucks. Fucking world is teeming with displaced screws tap dancing down a staircases fashioned by the hands of lonely demons. Wings on brains sweep low winds. The earth is scared, man. Life is tepid and askance.

    1. Hey man. People are fuckups, but the planet earth is a majestic orb is the celestial sky that can’t be fucked with. Even the worst human can’t fuck that up

      1. well, this gentleman seems to be hammering a nail into the knee of jupiter. I award BUTT WAGS the little fucking flag of blue with that goddamn tiny streak of gold printed on it in schmeario letters… BUTT WAGS IS THE JUPITER KNEE NAILER! FIRST PLACE…

        so that’ is how this fucking odd rusty building with its goddamn empty seatos rolls, lovely boy. Be happy. Go home. put that shit on the goddamn hood of your motherfucking roadster and drive it deep into the dreams of your face, babe Butts.

  11. This fucking earth is a goddamn alley for the living.
    Between the hills and cloud scrapers we fucking eat shit and fuck and produce little diaper crappers.
    and between the motherfucking steel walls and green dreams we be playin in the alley called this crapper planet
    earth is fucking nothing goddamn more than round alleyway between the fucking dreams of massive piles of corpse humans and the dreams of robots.

    Earth is a round alley and I will fuCKING bet you motherfuckers the sun doesn’t shine at the end.. it is a goddamn twisty nasty ball of transcendatel weird fuckuppery misting with DNA bleeps and sizzling braps and ecstatic traipses.

    so all this shit is heading into a goddamn future of creaky nasty grungwhak space booze. The ship of the new will scream into the old past and new now between the ancient mortar of the inquisitive moons, brah.

    1. The sun may not shine at the end, but we may find a way to survive past the extinguishing event, which means we will soar across the heavens discovering new horizons.

      1. Fucking we will soar, butt. We WILL FUCKING peel back the curtains of a goddamn motherFUCKING shitty asshole parallaverse because this BITCH aint JUST UNI!!!!!!!

        There is no bitch ass UNIverse bitch is paraverse because every stewy milky nasty cumbath of stars dripping lightning atoms and alien dNA rifts is not going to be fucking explained to my fucking space fingers with a single normalized bullshit asspumping of YALE puke faces.

        That OUT THERE is para- not uni.

        1. Everything exists out there beyond what we can comprehend. Our telescopes can see the beginning of the universe? Like you say AC, it’s a paraverse.

          1. Baby Butts, the goddamn black ink above my sweet boy is swimming with times and motions and motherfucking lost ships and sails sweeping sadly into the vortex ghosts of elongated catastropics and star catharsisa. winding sweeping downward upward rewards bottling rattling smashing like a zillion human dream tryst.

          2. pornoverse is more like it

        2. What does it say that I actually understand some of that?

          I’ve either had too much caffeine or not enough.

          1. It gets clearer after wrestling a kangaroo to death and butchering it on a bed of munk beans.

  12. Fact is when mama shakes her branky wanky stars unto the valley of the twisted crooks the roots crawl across the circuit boards of the desert and the fuckin quakes wank on their star fission strings catchin wayway wardin darkness misting into us like a billion angry invisible boys.

    well, I guess that would make an awkard picnic

  13. i rolled onto my back and looked into the bottle of existence and reflects hit my brain arms
    very hard and so impetus that i recalled distinction traps and wands waving anger beams
    under flickering fucking dappling screams of my lovely friend grandmother massive sweet bark oak
    she bend down and told me histories of the lost and i hugged her bark and natures and ships
    swimming amoung the past streams of times and energies found by hunters and peerers.

  14. swamp beyond hurting with stars and terror winds
    a dock up to the edges of the cosmic swamp boys
    Agile wants to fish on the edge of the cosmic swamp, loveielies
    i want to catch a space catfussion…. with humongous goddamn wings with massive comet steaks and shit
    and I want to kill this bitch with a motherfucking bonesaw to the head and cook this space trophy up on the smoke of
    Iron wood and slather in the comet juices of molasses and angel jitters and god booze.

    yea… you aint buyin that plate nowhere on earth motherfuker….

    shit hit yo mouth you trip better than heroine rolled on shrooms astronaut…. hahahahahahahahahaha

  15. if you trip real deep you see wires everywherez
    wirezs run fukin all over
    wires run from your brains to the earth
    and wirez spread from your city to my brain
    andfucking wires connect your highways to her fingers
    and wires zero to a million are like spinal everywhere
    splitting amassing puddling prodding
    and getting nasty and shitty and FUCK WIRES

    AGILE HATE S WIRES…
    wires arent even fucking real anymore… wires are clouds. spreading like storms and stomps
    and
    the future of us as us… you and i- i and you… fucking us as humans …. is ending… wires and wire clouds will kill us
    not religions
    wire clouds with angry people clouds in the firmaments

  16. if you trip real deep you see wires everywherez
    wirezs run fukin all over
    wires run from your brains to the earth
    and wirez spread from your city to my brain
    andfucking wires connect your highways to her fingers
    and wires zero to a million are like spinal everywhere
    splitting amassing puddling prodding
    and getting nasty and shitty and FUCK WIRES

    AGILE HATE S WIRES…
    wires arent even fucking real anymore… wires are clouds. spreading like storms and stomps
    and
    the future of us as us… you and i- i and you… fucking us as humans …. is ending… wires and wire clouds will kill us
    not religions
    wire clouds with angry people clouds in the firmaments

    1. Of course, some of the commenters are waxing nostalgic for the era and denigrating all the boring yuppies who moved in during the 90s.

      1. The 80’s yuppies were much more thrilling

      2. Ah the good old days when the Mafia controlled the construction business and there were still bodies to be fished out of the Hudson river.

        Btw, pic #4: “What urge will save us now that sex won’t?” That’s deep. Hiedegerian deep. Kinda wanna see that movie.

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