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Posted by madfloridian in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Feb 26th 2010, 08:37 PM
This is how it is being done. Special access is why some New York schools are having to share buildings with charters, even having to give up their libraries.

Sometimes even having to teach classes in the cafeteria.

New York schools chancellor, Joel Klein, has a special relationship with Eva Moskowitz, head of four Harlem charter schools.

Lombard for News
Success Charter Network founder Eva Moskowitz and NYC Chancellor Joel Klein sharing a laugh during an event.

On Oct. 3, 2008, Eva Moskowitz, a former city councilwoman and head of four charter schools in Harlem, e-mailed schools Chancellor Joel Klein for help. Moskowitz wanted more space to expand her Harlem Success academies and she had two specific public school buildings in mind.

"Those schools are ps194 and ps241," she wrote to Klein. "It would be extremely helpful to move quickly on."

Less than two months later, the Department of Education announced plans to phase out those schools and use the space to expand two Harlem Success academies.

More about the emails:

The note was among 125 e-mails between Moskowitz and the chancellor the Daily News obtained under a Freedom of Information request.

The e-mails - first reported in The News yesterday - show close ties between the two and prompted state Sen. Bill Perkins (D-Harlem) to announce he will hold a public hearing next month to review DOE policy toward charters.

Here is a link to the emails

Susan Ohanian at her blog tells more about what it is the emails.

Eva Moskowitz has special access to Schools Chancellor Klein - and support others can only dream of

The e-mails, obtained by the Daily News under a
Freedom of Information request, provide a glimpse
into the close relationship -- one that would make
most principals green with envy.

They show that in addition to Klein's visits,

- Secured the chancellor's help last year in landing
a $1 million donation from a private Los Angeles

- Got Klein to intervene on her behalf in clashes
she had with his subordinates.

- Boasted to him of organizing parent "armies" to
advocate for Mayor Bloomberg's educational
policies - and of flooding politicians with
thousands of pro-charter school postcards.

The News requested e-mails pertaining to the efforts
of Harlem Success to get more space in school
buildings. The space issue is contentious in many
city neighborhoods, and Moskowitz may be the
best-known advocate of more public space for

These short paragraphs reveal so much arrogance and so many power plays. It shows why so many public schools are fighting for their existence. Why parents are pitted against parents, and why children are the victims of a money grab.

"I've talked to John White allocating school space] who will call you," Klein
wrote back.

A few days later, Moskowitz told Klein that White was
not giving her the space she wanted.

"Really could use your intervention," she wrote. "We
need to quickly and decisively distinguish the good
guys from bad. And yes take away resources from
institutions that are harming children and give to
those who are truly putting children first."

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