2010-04-09 / Letters

NYC School Budget Problems

Dear Editor,

I do not believe that the State of New York should give another dime to New York City for public education unless the Billionaire Dictator and his UNCERTIFIED, prosecutor Chancellor are made to sign a commitment that every penny will go directly into school budgets – NOT CHARTER SCHOOLS, UNNEEDED BUREAUCRACY, TESTING DATA SYSTEMS, NO-BID CONTRACTS, etc. that have become the rule of the day for the past 8 years of this tyrant. Children need small class sizes not more computer systems and data systems to track them.

At present the City has 32 legally mandated Districts operating on a shoestring budget AGAINST THE STATED INTENTION OF THE GOVERNANCE LEGISLATION, and has opened scores of networks that cost millions of dollars that could be used for direct services to CHILDREN. Fire all the non-essential bureaucrats at Tweed and in the other offices. Network Leaders? Where does that title appear in State Education law? Let Superintendents run their districts and supervise their principals as intended.

DO NOT ALLOW THEM TO DIVERT MORE STATE MONEY TO PRIVATELY RUN CHARTER SCHOOLS!! If this is really a crisis the business world can wait until all of our PUBLIC schools are funded. This is no time to divert public school money to charter schools. Close down the corrupt ones that are already in operation and give their charters to new companies but don’t expand the cap.

Our public schools are bleeding. If you must cut – I understand, the state is broke. However, don’t send money if Klein and Bloomberg get to spend it as they see fit – most of the money you send gets siphoned off by them for technocrats, data wonks and no bid contractors who provide NO DIRECT SERVICE TO CHILDREN. Make them sign that any State Money is for our PUBLIC SCHOOL CLASSROOMS!!!

RAMON RIVERA

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