Bill de Blasio Chooses Teachers’ Union Over Black Parents

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Liberals always talk about education spending as “investing money in our kids”. Especially when it comes to minority kids.

That’s how William Wilhelm Jr. aka Bill de Blasio is selling his tax hike. But Bill de Blasio, like the rest of the left, puts educational unions first and minority parents last.

They’re Mayor de Blasio’s educational orphans.

As Hizzoner battles Gov. Cuomo over prekindergarten and charter schools, nearly 200 kids whose Harlem charter de Blasio booted don’t know where they’ll go to class in September.

“I wanted the best for my daughter,” said Rakim Smith, 40, a cable technician from Harlem whose daughter Dymond is a sixth-grader at Success Academy Harlem Central Middle School. “Now they’re trying to take it away.”

“It’s going to be a tragedy if this is all taken away,” Dymond said. “We love our school. They’re taking away what is rightfully ours…  “Bill de Blasio picked the wrong school to mess with.”

“I don’t know where else I can send my son so that he can have the same level education,” said Fatoumata Kebe of the Bronx. Her 11-year-old son, Ousmane, is a fifth-grader at Harlem Central.

City officials say they don’t have another space for the school, which is one of the highest-performing in the state.

“They’re charter schools. They’re on their own now,” Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said.

“Those other places aren’t an option,” said Kalima Gilkes of Harlem, whose daughter Kayla is a fifth-grader at Success Academy. “I’d get a second job and send my daughter to private school rather than send her there.

“I think a lot of parents feel that way,” Gilkes added.

The two-year-old Success Academy boasts some of the best test scores in the city. In 2013, 96% of its fifth-graders passed state math exams, the highest rate in the state.

Many nearby district-run schools can’t measure up. Just 3% of students at Frederick Douglass Academy II Middle School could do math at grade level in 2013.

But this is what Bill de Blasio, his incompetent henchwoman Carmen Farina and their teachers’ union backers want.

They don’t want to see these kids educated. They want to feed them into the educational bureaucracy and then the social services bureaucracy so they will have no options except to be dependent and helpless.

The article comments from ordinary New Yorkers, including one of the parents mentioned in the article, are also revealing.

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Rakim, Dymond, Fatoumata, Ousmane, Kalima. I bet most of these folks voted for De Blasio and it serves them right…

Kalima Gilkes

Fact is I’m Kalima and I didn’t vote for De Blasio, so please get your “facts” straight!

ernaldo clarke

Di Blasio believes, blacks voted for him overwhelmingly, therefore…….I own them and their choice. Not anymore Bill…..two plus two does not equal “six”….

John X

The Mayor simply wants to ensure that every NYC student gets the same bad education from the worst school system in the country. Yes, the most expensive city school system in the world is also the worst.

Daivd Ng

I like to see de Blasio take Dante de Blasio (his son) out of the public elite school (Brooklyn Tech High School) and send  to the Harlem High School.  He’ll be lucky if he does not beat up and he will learn nothing from the Harlem teachers.  de Blasio should send his kids to the same  school that he wants to send these Charter school kids to!

Jerry Lopato

This is the Democratic (as in party) way.  Forget about the individual and just think of the group.  Individuals get hurt and every individual gets averaged down to a group result.  The lowest common denominator..

 

  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

    Good to put a face on the parents and children who will have their schools abolished. I hope this is getting media coverage. “Ah, those mean-spirited socialists putting the unions before our children.” Make it personal.

  • American Patriot

    Warren Wilhelm, Jr. is horrible, plain and simple. Mr. Greenfield, I am the young college student who you met at David Horowitz’s The Black Book of the American Left event in Midtown Manhattan this past November. I post under the name American Patriot to show that I am working to advance American values. Anyway, Wilhelm is making life miserable for ordinary New Yorkers by implementing more failed policies that are ruining the quality of life for New Yorkers. Charter schools are necessary for many students to succeed. While you and I voted for Joe Lhota this past November, many New Yorkers either stayed at home (Election Day turnout was only around 30%) or voted for Red Warren. Most of Wilhelm’s Democrat primary opponents support charter schools. The conservative-hating “progressive” Governor Cuomo supports charter schools. Even that independent soda-obsessed, nanny-state buffoon former Mayor Bloomberg supports charter schools. But Wilhelm is much more extreme than most leftist Democrats in New York. He and that Marxist, pro-separatist in Puerto Rico, lunatic NYC City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito are turning New York into Managua on the Hudson. We need to stop Wilhelm and his radical City Hall administration.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Good to see you again and I agree of course

  • kevinstroup

    Many of these people voted for him. I have no pity.

    • chicagorefugee

      Or they voted for Obama, who made taking vouchers away from the children of DC one of his first priorities.

      What goes around, comes around. I feel sorry for their kids, though. They deserve better.

  • de Blasé-eo

    Warren Wilhelm Jr true name is Bill de Blasé-o. He earned it by being a tool for special interests and not knowing the facts.
    He is not an accountant, an actuary, a lawyer, a LEO, service in the Armed forces, an engineer, a skilled trade, a doctor, a dentist or a farmer. He has done nothing to learn how to run a city or be a leader. He is singularly unqualified.

    • Raj13

      But his son has a giant afro!

  • Mark

    ‘In 2013, 96% of its fifth-graders passed state math exams, the highest rate in the state.’
    And people say charter schools are worthless.

  • kilfincelt

    More great ammo for the Right! Now, if they would only use it!

  • david1952000 .

    Never trust a communist honkie! He may be masquerading as a Democrat!

  • Lorilu

    Di Blasio’s name at birth was Warren Wilhelm. He has not shown any particular talent or ability at running any city, no less the largest city in the country. In fact, so far he seems to be a managerial dud, more interested in imposing his wishes on the population than in getting the snow plowed. What he has shown is a liking for communism. He ran Hillary’s campaign, so that should tell us all about Hillary’s true values, as well. Let’s hope Al Roker was right and di Blasio is a one-term mayor.

  • bob smith

    “They don’t want to see these kids educated. They want to feed them into the educational bureaucracy and then the social services bureaucracy so they will have no options except to be dependent and helpless.”

    This is the never ending mantra of the party that brought slavery and the kkk…blacks, sadly just seem to never get the point that they are supposed to vote, shut up and be told what to do. Maybe one day they will figure it out. (Breath not held nor fingers crossed.)

  • Kenneth Mathews

    Black fathers and mothers consistently choose leftist politicians and their campaign appeals to envy over the best interests of black children. This black man if he is blessed with children someday, God willing, will homeschool and diligently warn his children about the evils of socialism and envy.

  • Habbgun

    The only good use for an Uptownsteve is to get the leftist talking point for blacks and charter schools..I’d love to hear this one (I’d never actually thought I’d want him to comment). My bet is that for profit charter schools are about profit and the public school system is not about money, just the kids and a great guy like De Blasio only cares about the kids.

    • HarlemRes

      You are mistaken. Success Academy is a not-for-profit. You are confusing “privately run” with “for profit”. They are privately run but do not make a profit.

      • Habbgun

        I’m sure you are right. I am only wondering what the leftist excuse will be for trashing charter schools, especially since they are hung up on Head Start. Wilhelm’s supporters must have a talking point. Leftists always do.