The first was from the Hebrew Charter School Center (HCSC). We'll get to that bombshell in just a moment, but first let me tell you about the HCSC. They describe themselves as "a nonprofit organization created by the Areivim Philanthropic Group in 2009 to help advance the Hebrew language charter school movement."
So what's the Areivim Philanthropic Group you ask and who runs it?
Why, it's run by none other than Michael Steinhardt, who was called a luminary of the hedge fund world by New York Magazine in their 2007 rankings of the hedge fund elite. What's a reform movement without a billionaire backer, right? Although to be fair, Steinhardt is only described as a demi-billionaire by Forbes. Poor guy.
How crazy is it that here in tiny Highland Park we are fighting off the direct impact of the billionaire boys club on public education?
Julie Weiner of the New York Jewish Week reported in February of 2010 that:
The fledgling Hebrew charter school world has two major players right now, although only one — the newly launched Hebrew Charter School Center — is actively seeking to build the movement beyond Florida.
“is not involved with Tikun Olam, we do not support their application, and we share many of the concerns that the Times and others have raised about it.”
Whoa. They really couldn't put any more distance between themselves and Tikun Olam, could they?
Ms. Rubin's second bombshell was a quote from Tikun Olam "consultant" Jeffrey Lischin, who claims that:
founders have been “harassed through misinformation and disingenuous traditional district leaders who love their monopoly.” They are flouting the spirit of the charter school law, he said, which envisions the concept as establishing vehicles for “educational improvement through competition and choice. Sadly that vision is being harmed and most sadly students are being harmed.”