This morning in a very important blog post, Why Cuomo Loves Charters, Diane Ravitch connects the financial dots. New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo has received political financial backing from the leaders of New York’s very powerful charter school sector. Cuomo’s financial backers include powerful members of the board of Success Academy Charter Schools; Great Public Schools—Eva Moskowitz’s own PAC; and Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) , the national pro-charter school PAC.
I urge you to read Ravitch’s post and the articles linked to it which detail the size of financial contributions made to Cuomo’s political campaigns. It is important to follow the money trail.
I blogged earlier today about New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s over-the-top praise this week for charter schools and especially for Eva Moskowitz’s politically connected Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City.
Cuomo has made it his business to support Moskowitz and her charter network and to oppose New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio’s request for enabling legislation in Albany to allow New York City to tax those with incomes over $500,000 annually for pre-kindergarten for thousands of children and middle school after-school programs for New York City’s children.
Mayor deBlasio has prioritized the needs of the traditional public schools in New York City which continue to serve the vast majority of the district’s 1.1 million students. He has criticized NYC’s practice of allowing charters to co-locate in New York City’s public school facilities without paying rent. deBlasio has said that well-funded charter networks like Success Academy Charter Schools should have to pay for the facilities they occupy. After all, Eva Moskowitz’s board pays her an annual salary of $475,000, twice the salary of New York’s schools chancellor.