“This is just another example of the education establishment firing its engines back up to stop the growth of a successful public school,” said Carlos Perez, director of the state’s charter school association. “This fight, and the others like it, continue to polarize communities and not focus on moving education forward.”Poor Carlos, if only you had seen Republican Senator Diane Allen's letter BEFORE you made these comments. Is she part of the "education establishment" trying to "stop the growth of a successful public school" you were referring to?
Unfortunately, I do not see Riverbank's expansion as being in the best interests of the Florence community at this time. I have made this position clear to Education Commissioner Cerf as well as to Riverbank Charter School's leadership; that the charter school is a valued part of the community serving grades K-3 but that an expansion right no to grades 4 and 5 is ill-advised in this small township.
Heller: Do you foresee state policy evolving on this or will it continue to play out on a town by town basis?
Mooney: It needs to, and you know, whether it's going to happen this year, an election year, is a big question. I'm not sure that we're going to see it any time soon, but we have a 15 year old charter school law that didn't envision a lot of these issues and so these things are certainly going to play out and I think there's some folks who want to re-write that law, but there's no doubt that there's a feeling out there among legislators, and some powerful ones, that the state needs to get ahead of thie game before it really gets out of control. (emphasis mine).So I'm sorry Carlos, but your analysis of the situation was far too shallow for someone in your position. Until you and your organization come to terms with the problems at the NJDOE and the failings of New Jersey's charter school law, you will be caught time and time again railing against the education establishment, when what you're really butting up against is the common sense of parents and legislators fighting back against a broken system.
|I'm telling you, it's the education establishment again!|
Why doesn't anyone believe me?