De Blasio’s charter war hurting the kids he claims to help

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 at 9:27 am

It is no mere contradiction that de Blasio is determined to defend the status quo. He and his wife talk about pre-kindergarten as the “civil-rights issue of our time” even as they crush the model that gives nonwhite students a running start. The first couple claims to be progressive, but when it comes to education, they give old school a bad name.

The racial element can’t be ignored. The white mayor no doubt assumes he’ll get a pass on this race-based assault because he has a mixed-race family.

Not here. The impact of his decision will harm only black and Latino children. No white children will suffer as a result. The mayor preaches diversity, but his ideas are pure vanilla.

“Disparate impact” is the new liberal test in the courts, and this decision’s racial impact fits like a glove. Moskowitz threatens to sue, and I hope she does. The publication of the lopsided statistical evidence in her favor would shake the education world.

Yesterday’s announcement also shows why de Blasio had to rifle through the bargain bin of retirement ranks to find a chancellor. Carmen Fariña always embraced mediocrity and scorned excellence, and took the job with the understanding that charter schools had to be strangled before they reached a critical mass. No leading educator would agree to those terms because charters are part and parcel of the mainstream reform movement.

Everywhere, that is, except in New York, where progressives are turning back the clock on progress. Shame on them.

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