Thursday, April 9, 2009

No Charter School For You: Council and Albany Puppet of UFT, Children and Parents Powerless

No Charter School For You

Council and Albany Puppet of UFT, Children and Parents Powerless

The Daily News today reported that the council members who read from scripts given to them by the UFT received campaign contributions from that union:

Nearly half the members of a City Council committee who got cue-card questions from the teachers union at a heated charter school hearing got campaign cash from the labor group.

While both the Daily News and Post had stories about how the teachers union considers the city council as their wholly owned subsidiary. The Times had no story of the council's reading assignment. The Times is the only paper that has not written and editorial about the UFT Council's Puppet Show - Post COUNCIL FOR SALE Daily News City Hall show trial: Scripted by UFT, Council slanders charter schools. Is the time moving out of New York to save n taxes? This abuse of democracy is all part of the UFT's effort to destroy charter schools to protect their members. The council is not the only legislative body the UFT runs. The union was able to cut charter school funding in Albany last week, despite the fact that test scores from those schools show students doing 14% better in standard tests then public school children. The parents of school age children know what is going on, 50,000 of them are current on waiting list to get into the 8,500 open spots, an amount limited by Albany. Dysfunctional Albany at the same they cut charter school funding, increased funding for other school by a billion and a half. At 4:59PM the Times posted a cheerleader type article about charter schoools that ignored the UFT City Council puppet show A $2.5 Million Donation to Help Charter Schools.

More Puppet Government UNION SAYS ON CUE: WE'VE LEARNED OUR LESSON: Chastened officials with the United Federation of Teachers yesterday promised never again to put words in the mouths of City Council members after the union's cheap stunt -- giving scripted *** UFT'S ARROGANT 'PUPPET' STATE: TEACHER LOBBYISTS RUN AMOK *** Notecards Stir Debate At City Council Hearing *** Councilman Lew Fidler called the uproar over the UFT's cue cards "much ado about nothing." *** UFT officials promised they will never try this again *** Teacher Unions vs. Poor KidsBy Nat Hentoff *** Randi's Mea Culpa

What is wrong with elected official who follow lobbyist scripts? Only True News has been reporting the lack of ethics and more leadership of New York's leadership: A Generation of New York Leaders Without Moral Leadership or $hame. Only True News has been reporting about the control lobbyist have over our local government Member Item Slush Fund Cover Up. David Seifman says it was “an act of unbridled arrogance” for the U.F.T. to give written questions to City Council members before a hearing about charter schools. What Seifman did not address is what does following lobbyist scripts say about the city council?

Charter Success A divided house spars over charter schools’ growth in Harlem ... *** NYC Rubber Room Reporter: The Harlem Success Academy Charter ... *** The secret to charter schools' success might come as a surprise *** Manhattan Charter School Test Scores - New York, New York - NY *** Charters score well in NY, California at Joanne Jacobs *** Charter Schools Win Top Grades - December 20, 2007 - The New York Sun *** Results at charter schools are as obvious as 2 + 2 = 4 National ... *** Charter schools are getting a lot less state aid than they expected.

The City FEDS' GOWANUS TOXIC SHOCK: The feds say Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal is so contaminated they plan to declare it a Superfund site -- a move that some critics said would only delay plans to build luxury housing along the toxic *** New York Health Official Calls for Tax on Drinks With Sugar *** Industrial Sleek (a Park Runs Through It): The new Standard Hotel in the meatpacking district, the first of a string of projects linked to the development of the High Line, is serious architecture *** Study Links Alcohol and Bicycle Deaths *** Park Slope Parents Crying Over Membership Fee *** A recession special: Dine in Brooklyn participants extend deals Economic Crisis City Agencies Asked To Get Ready For Layoffs *** Housing Slump Hits Manhattan *** Manhattan's Housing Market Begins a Steep Slide *** MIKE WARNS UNIONS: I'LL AX 7,000 WORKERS *** City Says More Job Cuts Are Likely *** Cut deeper, Bloomy warns unions *** Barrett: Al Sharpton Gets an Apology he does not need *** Manhattan sublease space set to explode *** NY officials scramble to land JetBlue’s HQ *** City installing eco-friendly lights in Brooklyn *** From Navy Blue to Green in Brooklyn Navy Yard *** L.A.Times runs controversial ad on cover *** Whale Spotted In New York Harbor *** Poke: Bloomberg Says Facebook Is Opening NYC Office

Road to City Hall MIKE GIVES 3RD HELPING Mayor Bloomberg knows how to return a favor. The mayor hosted a fund-raiser this week at his Manhattan townhouse for a city councilman James Sanders who provided a crucial vote to help roll back term limits *** Mayor Mike Uses Millions to Show He's a Man of the Masses *** Rev. Al asks: Are ya runnin' or not, Weiner? *** Bloomberg's Loyal Cult: The Independence Party *** Bloomberg solicits paid interns using school newsletters to parents *** Retiring Morgenthau slams DA hopeful Leslie Crocker Snyder *** Likely Bronx borough president picks Aurelia Greene as deputy *** No city payouts for homes damaged in 2007 flood, says Thompson *** Staff of City Council also-ran Geraldine Chapey still waiting to be compensated for work *** A Thompson Supporter Was Hoping for a More Grassroots Approach

Pay to Play STATE BOOZE OFFICE RAIDED Probers from the state Inspector General's Office raided the State Liquor Authority's Harlem headquarters yesterday as part of a widening criminal probe of corruption and bribery *** Liquor Authority Bureau Is Raided in State Inquiry *** SLA Workers Accused Of Taking Licensing Bribes *** Investigators raid state liquor office in Harlem *** Pol profited from lobby efforts, feds say: The Spanish Broadcasting System secretly funneled $331,000 to nonprofits controlled by indicted former state Sen. Efrain Gonzalez in its battle to stop a rival's merger plans, prosecutors charged Wednesday *** Six state workers plead guilty to faking documents and not complying with multiple-bid rules for contracts.

Albany DAVE'S WRONG, AGAIN Paterson was wrong to wait until after the budget passed to warned that thou sands of state employees will be laid off if their unions refuse contract cuts - NYP Ed *** Senate Rules Reform Report Delayed *** Governor Paterson urges Albany vote on gay marriage *** DN Editorial: Love letter from losers: Members of the state Assembly have a dreadful way of showing affection. They voted unanimously to make "I love New York" the official slogan of the state, then they hightailed it out of Albany on a 12-day vacation *** Public employee unions strike back at Paterson over layoffs. Union leaders say the layoffs would cost lives *** The Senate Democrats give the GOP the same $8 million in member items they received when they were in the minority *** New York charter schools are receiving $51.5 million less than before *** State POLICE TO TEST GUN CAMERAS *** The Syracuse Post-Standard praises AG Andrew Cuomo's Project Sunlight and hopes his efforts to make government more transparent will "rub off" on other state leaders *** Prescription drug prices can vary wildly from one pharmacy to another, a new study found *** Economy spurs cutbacks at Jones Beach *** Pro-Same-Sex-Marriage Senator Not Pleased With Paterson's Push *** Corrections layoffs on top of prison closures

President Obama O: WE'LLSIT DOWNWITH IRAN *** Obama invites close friends, staff to seder dinner *** Obama First President to Hold Seder *** Obama returns to Washington after jam-packed trip *** Holder tells prosecutors that justice top priority *** Obama's TV Habits Sadly Just Like Yours *** Obama to Make Immigration Bill a Priority Despite Risks *** Citing ‘Annapolis’: By bringing up the 2007 peace conference, President Obama sent a message to Israel’s new government *** No more 'Axis of Evil'? U.S. at table 'from now on' in Iran group nuke talks *** AP: OBAMA LOOKING INTO 'RADICAL TECHNOLOGIES TO COOL EARTH'S AIR'... *** Obama's trip: An 'apology tour?' *** Forbes profiles Shaun Donovan and asks, “Can This Man Fix the Housing Market?” *** Obama Risks Backlash on War Funding *** Obama Hails Low Interest Rates *** New Scrutiny at Justice Department *** Rove: Obama Is Now a Divisive Figure *** Immigration is Smart Politics for Obama - Mark McKinnon, The Daily Beast *** Can Obama Save Pakistan From Itself? - Sundaa Bridgett Jones, The Root *** 'Reset' With Russia Has Complications - Cathy Young, RealClearPolitics *** Obama Overhauls Veteran's Services *** Email Error Reveals Obama Staffers' PR Calculations *** Can Obama afford this? Asks for $83.5B for Iraqi, Afghan wars *** Oy vey! Some upset over Obama's passover - the uninvited *** White House's Bow Denial Not Believable

Congress Alaska House wants feds to apologize to Stevens *** Jackson Jr. Denies Corruption Charges *** Jackson admits probe in Blago scandal *** Winning the public relations battle In N.Y.'s special election, both parties attempt to win in the court of public opinion *** Reps. Lynch, Inglis tour Gaza *** Coleman's latest problem: Minn. GOP? *** Employee Free Choice Act lives? *** Martinez hits CBC on Castro *** Grim news for Bunning *** Palin won't challenge Murkowski *** 20th Update: Fluctuations, Objections *** Card Check Stalls - Chicago Tribune

National Contractors Agree on Deal to Build Stealth Destroyer *** Vegas trophy project becomes symbol of trouble... *** Hawaii, suffering steep tourism drop, appeals to Obama... *** REPORT: Half of all new U.S. citizens in 2008 were Hispanic... *** Big Jumps in Taxes Loom in 10 States... *** L.A. water rationing plan dealt surprise setback... *** Author who predicted crisis sees inflation ahead... *** Pentagon Prepares For Economic Warfare *** New effort fights same-sex marriage *** California considers ban on big screen TVs... *** A Carbon Cap with Teeth - Boston Globe *** Pirates Expanding Their Hunting Grounds - Matthias Gebauer, Der Spiegel *** Gold-Plated Economy Draws the Jobless

International US options limited to prevent, fight Somali piracy *** US dealings with Iran remain on slippery path *** US to attend group nuclear talks with Iran *** Japan Drafts $154.4 Billion Stimulus *** Unopposed, Kim Jong-Il Takes Third Term *** Bloggingheads: Turkey, U.S. and Israel *** Thousands Rally Against Thai Leader *** Plan to Curb Internet Piracy Advances in France *** Chavez in Beijing Touts 'New World Order'... ***
American Servers Pump Taliban Propaganda
*** Australia's Climate Disaster ***
Navy Arrives in Pirate Territory
*** Blunder Forces U.K. Terror Raids *** The Decline of Dubai *** Kuwait's Democracy Faces Turbulence *** France Rejects Internet Piracy Bill *** IRAN HAS OBTAINED TECHNOLOGY TO PRODUCE MORE 'ACCURATE' CENTRIFUGES... *** Picture: Kim Jong Il appears in parliament after 're-election'... *** How Not to Lose in Afghanistan - Aryn Baker, Time *** Coddling Cuba - Washington Post *** Pirates Expanding Their Hunting Grounds - Matthias Gebauer, Der Spiegel *** N. Korea Shows Need for Missile Defense - Steve Huntley, Chicago ST *** FBI v. Pirates

Wall Street Melt Down SEARCH FOR CAYMAN Madoff MAD MONEY *** INSURING VIABILITY: INDUSTRY COPS DOWNPLAY THREAT OF TOXIC-PAPER LOSSES *** SEC SEEKS COMMENT ON SHORT SALE CURBS *** GM MEETS WITH FEDS ON DEEPER COST CUTS *** WHY US AUTO INDUSTRY IS A WRECK, NOT A COUPE *** Choosing Its Own Path, Ford Stayed Independent *** UBS CLIENT NAILED IN TAX PROBE *** FARGO-ING CHANGE: WELLS TO KEEP MONEY MANAGEMENT UNIT *** INSIDE THE FED'S ROUNDTABLE: SPEND ON! *** Nation's construction unemployment at 21% From *** U.S. Imagines the Bailout as an Investment Tool *** Recession Anxiety Seeps Into Everyday Lives *** Banks Holding Up in Tests, but May Still Need Aid *** ING to Focus on Europe by Divesting Up to $10 Billion *** Questions Over Bailout for Insurers *** Moody’s Downgrades Berkshire *** Regulators Resist a Move on Madoff - The SEC warns victims that more court action would lead to higher court costs *** Madoff moola trackers seek $80M in Bermuda *** TIMEWARNER CEO awarded $21.5M 2008 pay package... *** Author who predicted crisis sees inflation ahead... *** Fed No Longer Sees Signs Of Economic Recovery This Year *** Fox Making Reality Show About Laying Off Employees *** Leno Gives Free Michigan Show, Praises Unions *** Buy Bailout Bonds! *** Stopping the Next Economic Crisis *** Buffett's Company Takes a Hit *** U.S. Retail Chains Report Another Sales Drop in March *** Wells Fargo Projects Record Profit *** A New Sobriety at Auto Shows *** New Livelihood Selling Frankfurters *** Wal-Mart Comes Up Short *** Opinion: Silicon Valley a Systemic Risk?

Media Melt Down 'CAST ASIDE PROFIT: IGER, BEWKES HAVE COMPETING ONLINE MODEL$ for TV shows *** Boston Globe Surprised by Size of Demand for Cuts *** Boston Globe May Lose $100M In 2010 *** Barnes & Noble Planning Kindle Rival *** To Newspaper Moguls: You Blew It *** Will Globe close shop in D.C.? *** L.A.Times runs controversial ad on cover *** Newspapers Want Cash for Content. Tough Luck - Wolff *** Lynn Sweet Among Newspaper Vets Joining AOL Politics Site *** Your Ad Here L.A. 'Times' and other media outlets are giving ads more prominent placement, and sometimes even disguising them as front-page news stories! More on the media meltdown in our daily wrap-up, sponsored by