Video: Cuomo vs DeBlasio on charter schools

posted at 2:31 pm on May 31, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Will Cain published the third episode of his video series Alise vs The Mayor on the fight over charter schools in New York City for The Blaze yesterday. This episode’s title is “Check,” but it might be better titled as Cuomo vs DeBlasio. Bill DeBlasio shut down several charter schools, including the high-performing Success Academy locations, as part of his payback to the teachers unions that supported him in his bid for mayor. Andrew Cuomo, on the other hand, has come out loudly for charter schools across the state, noting that New York spends the most per student on education but only ranks 30th in results.

Cuomo headlined an Albany rally with 11,000 students, parents, and teachers last March to save charter schools at roughly the same time DeBlasio headlined a union-backed event with 500 attendees. Cuomo demanded a focus on students, while DeBlasio offered expansion of school jobs for unions to fill. The difference is stark, and defining:

This battle between Cuomo and DeBlasio has been brewing for months, and Success Academy is a specific and personal target for DeBlasio as well. Will noted this in one of his earlier episodes, but the New York Times covered it three months ago too:

In New York City, the issue is further complicated by the personal dynamics between the new mayor and one of the movement’s chief proponents, Eva S. Moskowitz, a former city councilwoman.

The two frequently clashed, and Mr. de Blasio singled her out when he voiced his frustration over the educational priorities in the city.

Ms. Moskowitz now runs Success Academy Charter Schools, a nonprofit group, which runs a number of charter schools and was seeking to open more and to expand existing schools.

“She has to stop being tolerated, enabled, supported,” Mr. de Blasio said last year.

The schools that Mr. de Blasio targeted were all affiliated with Ms. Moskowitz’s organization.

On Tuesday, Mr. Cuomo deliberately singled out the Success Academy in his remarks, saying the goal was to change the culture of the schools, even if that meant bucking the teachers’ unions.

“We know that too many public schools are failing,” he said. “We need new ideas.”

That battle will not come cost-free for Cuomo. He may draw a challenger from his left in the upcoming re-election campaign over the issue of charter schools:

Gov. Cuomo is trying to win the endorsement of the Working Families Party for reelection – but he has competition.

The party is considering a handful of people to be its nominee for governor, including Diane Ravitch, a noted education historian, Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham law professor, and Dan Cantor, the WFP’s national director, the Daily News has learned.

Ravitch, 75, expressed interest when approached by the minor party and is mulling the idea, sources said.

A vocal critic of charter schools, Ravitch would present a pointed contrast to Cuomo, who has pushed for charter school protections over the objections of Mayor de Blasio, a darling of the liberal-leaning party.

Watch episodes 1 & 2 of Will’s excellent series if you’re just seeing this for the first time, and be sure to watch my interview with Will — which includes a funny personal exchange at the end — from Tuesday.


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They’re both leftists. Let ‘em kill each other over it.

HiJack on May 31, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Are charter schools a purity issue on the left? Is it analogous to something like voter ID on the right?

Will this fight hurt Cuomo’s higher ambitions within his own party?

TheJamesMadison on May 31, 2014 at 2:35 PM

how cute. conservatives pretending to care about poor people.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 2:39 PM

how cute. conservatives pretending to care about poor people.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 2:39 PM

S/B “how cute. lib trolls pretending to be normal hotgas commenters.”

Don’t you have a few more levels of Super Mario Bros to conquer?

platypus on May 31, 2014 at 2:42 PM

a noted education historian, Zephyr Teachout

OK, I think I smoked dope this guy’s parents while we were all living in a commune in Marin County in 1968.

His sister was named SeagullFeather Moombeam, IIRC.

Dolce Far Niente on May 31, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Bill DeBlasio is a marxist and hence hates people and doesn’t want them educated. He wants them indoctrinated.

rbj on May 31, 2014 at 2:46 PM

how cute. conservatives pretending to care about poor people.

Who says this is about poor people? Inner-city kids are the ones who would benefit most, sure, but privatizing stuff helps everyone….well, except for Democrat politicians and union officials.

Mohonri on May 31, 2014 at 2:48 PM

IfIOnlyHaddaBwain says conservatives hate poor people!

Right – consistent support for school choice, vouchers and charter schools, which disproportionately benefit kids in failing inner-city schools.

Left – near unanimous opposition to anything which would alter the current power structure of the government school systems.

Bwain’s logic. Clearly did not attend a charter school

Dolce Far Niente on May 31, 2014 at 2:57 PM

“She has to stop being tolerated, enabled, supported,” Mr. de Blasio said last year.

Yup, sounds like a Liberal, only their kind of people can be tolerated.

She has to stop being tolerated, enabled, supported,” Mr. de Blasio said last year.

Ummm, War on Women much?

parke on May 31, 2014 at 2:58 PM

When you speak about “someone from the left”challenging Cuomo, Don’t leave out Al”Grandpa Munster” Lewis.Don’t know if that old loon is still alive or not but throw him into the mix and you got instant popcorn.

jeffinsjvca on May 31, 2014 at 3:09 PM

I say, let New York City get rid of charter schools. Then we will have two laboratories. New Orleans (which used to be really bad schools) vs. New York City. Libs are always wanting proof about non-government schools, this will prove either way.

cozmo on May 31, 2014 at 3:12 PM

From Slate.com:

De Blasio and his schools chancellor, Carmen Fariña, developed a four-point evaluation system for deciding which charter seats to block. It sounded sensible but had a serious flaw: It put only Success Academy schools in the crosshairs, and the criteria were not about school quality.

The fallout from that misstep was immediate. Among the 870 Success Academy seats blocked was a modest 194-student expansion for Success Academy students in Harlem to move into a new middle school. That triggered days of searing press coverage pointing out that those 194 students, all low-income minorities, were coming from a school, Success Academy 4, that killed it on the new state test scores, with 80 percent of the students passing the math test, and 59 percent the English test. The co-located middle school the mayor is protecting and where many of those 194 charter students would end up: P.S. 149, where 5 percent of students passed the math test, and 11 percent the English test.

Wasn’t de Blasio supposed to be the champion of improving education for have-not children?

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 3:14 PM

This video is an excellent companion to the first two of the series. Alise is such an intelligent young person that you can’t help but connect with her and the struggles that children like Alise are facing in having their charter school threatened in this way.

Mr. Cain said in the interview that Alise’s story is not over yet. I’m hoping this means there will be more videos? If so, looking forward to it!

Ensuring that the quality of education for young Americans reamins as high as possible really is an issue that people across a broad political spectrum can rally behind!!!

lineholder on May 31, 2014 at 3:24 PM

how cute. conservatives pretending to care about poor people.

Because poor people care about charter schools.

Wethal on May 31, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Don’t you have a few more levels of Super Mario Bros to conquer?

platypus on May 31, 2014 at 2:42 PM

That’s so 1989. Besides ThisIsMyBrainOnKrack got caught “self-pleasuring” to daddy’s porn mags and had his Nintendo disconnected and taken from his room.

cableguy615 on May 31, 2014 at 3:38 PM

how cute. conservatives pretending to care about poor people.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Fascinating admission. Either a sock puppet to drive traffic, or this poster recognizes that vouchers help people. If the former, I don’t want to know about it because it would take the fun away from beating up the retarded troll on the playground.

If the latter, then it means that the Left really does want to extract pain from the people of this country, and the intent is deliberate and malicious.

Reuben Hick on May 31, 2014 at 3:49 PM

It’s fascinating to watch leftist whores defend their pimps- the NEA and AFT. They would rather see poor inner-city children remain imprisoned in the local socialist indoctrination center rather than offer them an education. All because the teachers’ unions spend lavishly on keeping those children stuck with fat lazy “educators” who only care about getting that paycheck. Public school teachers have nothing on VA employees when it comes to being slothful.

It also affirms that fact that when leftists declare themselves pro-choice, they only mean that they think women should be able to kill of babies without societal scorn.

Happy Nomad on May 31, 2014 at 4:26 PM

So, I was out doing walk list surveys for some Republican candidates today. Many people don’t want to participate in some simple questions like, “Have you decided or are leaning towards a specific candidate for governor?” When they won’t answer, I follow up with, “What is the main issue or issues that you care about and will use to make a decision later on?” A teacher told me her top issues are MORE money for schools and lowering taxes. I just stood there and looked at her. Um, do you know almost 70% of your local real estate taxes (in our district) go to education? So, your two issues are kind of at odds with each other. She looked confused and just shrugged. Un-fricken-believable. “Okay, thanks for participating. Have a great summer!” *cough* idiot *cough*

Fallon on May 31, 2014 at 5:00 PM

When you speak about “someone from the left”challenging Cuomo, Don’t leave out Al”Grandpa Munster” Lewis.Don’t know if that old loon is still alive or not but throw him into the mix and you got instant popcorn.

jeffinsjvca on May 31, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Lewis is not available; he died in 2006.

J.S.K. on May 31, 2014 at 5:11 PM

how cute. conservatives pretending to care about poor people.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Yes we care. We want these children to become educated, successful, and move up the economic ladder creating more competition. You progs on the other hand want them to remain poor, stupid, on government assistance, and vote slaves to wealthy white ivy league prog elites.

I don’t like Cuomo but he should be supported in this effort. The faster we remove poor minority children from the union run communist indoctrination factories and into the hands of people who are interested in teaching them math, reading, writing, history and science the better…for them and America.

In fact the GOP should be making this one of their main planks…vouchers and educational freedom.

William Eaton on May 31, 2014 at 5:13 PM

It also affirms that fact that when leftists declare themselves pro-choice, they only mean that they think women should be able to kill of babies without societal scorn.

Happy Nomad on May 31, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Don’t forget let get laid without even demanding payment from the man, let alone commitment. But leftists were always bad at economics as they were at everything else.

LawfulGood on May 31, 2014 at 5:16 PM

I don’t like Cuomo but he should be supported in this effort. The faster we remove poor minority children from the union run communist indoctrination factories…the better…for them and America.

In fact the GOP should be making this one of their main planks…vouchers and educational freedom.

William Eaton on May 31, 2014 at 5:13 PM

IShouldBeMadeToSuckKoch is a prime example of what happens when conservative Westerners let their brain-damaged counterparts win over the minority contingent in their home nations. They get ‘progressively’ (pardon the pun) more poorer, more stupid, and more arrogant until you either win them BACK over or have to beat them back into shape after a societal collapse. And that’s if things go WELL.

Frankly I think they deserve extra attention now because Dems have demonstrated they can sucker them like clockwork. The promise to have them voting Democrat for the next 100 years was not merely made because the speaker was a racist little turdskull, he knew d@mn well what he was up to.

LawfulGood on May 31, 2014 at 5:21 PM

LawfulGood on May 31, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Leftists legislate like Scarlet O’Hara.

Fiddle-Dee-Dee. I’ll worry about paying for this stuff another day.

Happy Nomad on May 31, 2014 at 5:38 PM

, “What is the main issue or issues that you care about and will use to make a decision later on?” A teacher told me her top issues are MORE money for schools and lowering taxes. I just stood there and looked at her. Um, do you know almost 70% of your local real estate taxes (in our district) go to education? So, your two issues are kind of at odds with each other. She looked confused and just shrugged. Un-fricken-believable. “Okay, thanks for participating. Have a great summer!” *cough* idiot *cough*

Fallon on May 31, 2014 at 5:00 PM

That is what I tell my friends, when they say the same thing. We live in the south suburbs, I’m stunned at what we pay for our schools….where an 85% is an A, and “To Kill a Mockingbird” is AP English for seniors.

herm2416 on May 31, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Leftists legislate like Scarlet O’Hara.

Fiddle-Dee-Dee. I’ll worry about paying for this stuff another day.

Happy Nomad on May 31, 2014 at 5:38 PM

They even have peeps like Rosa DeLauro wearing the green drapes. lol

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 6:25 PM

They even have peeps like Rosa DeLauro wearing the green drapes. lol

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 6:25 PM

youre really going to mock her for celebrating her brazilian heritage with her clothing?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 6:37 PM

youre really going to mock her for celebrating her brazilian heritage with her clothing?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 6:37 PM

I don’t even know her heritage. If you want some other fine examples of Rosa’s fashion sense, here:

http://pixel.nymag.com/imgs/fashion/daily/2013/07/18/18-rosa-delauro.o.jpg/a_4x.jpg

http://melaniekillingervowell.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/rosa-delauro-via-cq-rollcall-com.png

http://rosadelauroexposed.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/slide_272823_1943050_free.jpg

http://cnnsotu.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/delauro.jpg

But, nice try playing the race card, my precious.

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 6:52 PM

youre really going to mock her for celebrating her brazilian heritage with her clothing?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 6:37 PM

I don’t even know her heritage. If you want some other fine examples of Rosa’s fashion sense, here:

http://pixel.nymag.com/imgs/fashion/daily/2013/07/18/18-rosa-delauro.o.jpg/a_4x.jpg

http://melaniekillingervowell.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/rosa-delauro-via-cq-rollcall-com.png

http://rosadelauroexposed.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/slide_272823_1943050_free.jpg

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 6:53 PM

But, nice try playing the race card, my precious.

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 6:54 PM

brazilian isnt a race genius.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 6:58 PM

youre really going to mock her for celebrating her brazilian heritage with her clothing?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 6:37 PM

By the way, ALL of Rosa DeLauro’s grandparents were Italian. In case you don’t know, Brasil and Italy aren’t even on the same continent.

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 6:58 PM

brazilian isnt a race genius.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Good thing Rosa DeLauro isn’t of Brasilian heritage, eh?

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 6:59 PM

brazilian isnt a race genius.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 6:58 PM

And, neither is ‘Muslim’, but that doesn’t stop people like you from screaming ‘RAAAAAAAAAAAAAACIST’!

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 7:01 PM

IfIOnlyHadABrain is correct is reprimanding RWM for implying that Scarlett-esque green dress of Rosa DeLauro’s was made from a set of “drapes” (or “portiers” for us Southerners.)

The green dress was clearly made out of sofa cushion covers.

Dolce Far Niente on May 31, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Dolce Far Niente on May 31, 2014 at 7:12 PM


Snicker.

Resist We Much on May 31, 2014 at 7:19 PM

how cute. conservatives pretending to care about poor people.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Parody account or not you have to start posting something other than the typical tired barbs, false assertions, Zinn-like revisionist claptrap, and twisted logic the rudimentary liberal has done for decades.

I understand it’s difficult to think outside of the hive mind-set, but you seriously need to stop posting like you’re a carbuncle resembling David Brock on the collective arse of Noam Chomsky.

HA posters demand more from their uber left posters (or fauxsters).

StubbornGreenBurros on May 31, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Banana republic

FrankT on June 1, 2014 at 10:20 AM

I don’t like Cuomo but he should be supported in this effort. The faster we remove poor minority children from the union run communist indoctrination factories…the better…for them and America.

In fact the GOP should be making this one of their main planks…vouchers and educational freedom.

William Eaton on May 31, 2014 at 5:13 PM

+1000!!!

Most Democrats (with Cuomo a notable exception) are shills for the teachers’ unions, convincing people that throwing more money at public schools will solve educational problems, while most of the money is stolen by highly-paid administrators and union bosses, with no concern for the teachers, or even worse, the children attending the schools.

Democrats portray Republicans (with the help of the left-wing media) as not caring about education. Republicans, by making school vouchers and educational choice a main plank of their platform, and talking about it at length, can use this to make inroads into urban areas, which mostly vote Democrat and where more children attend failing schools than in suburban or rural areas.

In the short term, this could mean more votes from urban areas from parents willing to give charter and private schools a try. In the long term, when these children reach age 18, they may be thankful to Republicans for their good education and the chance to escape poverty and have good jobs.

Steve Z on June 1, 2014 at 4:37 PM

In the short term, this could mean more votes from urban areas from parents willing to give charter and private schools a try. In the long term, when these children reach age 18, they may be thankful to Republicans for their good education and the chance to escape poverty and have good jobs.

Steve Z on June 1, 2014 at 4:37 PM

The Dems will find some way to take credit, and the Media will abet them.

AesopFan on June 1, 2014 at 9:30 PM