Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., Assemblymen Marcos Crespo, Michael Blake, and Mark Gjonaj, Stand with Prominent Clergy and Parents to Call for Bold Change to Fix Failing Schools Crisis.
Standing in the freezing temperature in front of failing P.S. 52 on Kelly Street State Senator Diaz calls for more choice for parents as he advocates for the option of more charter schools such as the successful Girls Prep Charter School that shares the P.S. 52 building. To Senator Diaz's left is Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, and to Senator Diaz's left are Assemblymen Michael Blake and Mark Gjonaj amid the children, parents, ad Clergy members.
A bundled up Assemblyman Marcos Crespo a product of the NYC public schools explains why he is part of this push for better school options for parents.
Assemblyman Michael Blake said that he went to PS 79 which became a failing school in District 10 after he graduated from the school. He wanted to know why the worst teachers wind up in the communities of color.
Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj of Morris Park/Norwood explains why he agrees with the need for more charter schools. He added 'Charter Schools are here to stay'.
When it was time for questions I asked - With 12 years of Mayoral Control under Mayor Michael Bloomberg that was a disaster, and with Mayoral Control up in June of this year, what are each of the elected officials present doing to change Mayoral Control.
Unfortunately I can only say that these four elected officials could not give any answers, and one by one they either stood up for continuing Mayoral Control under current Mayor Bill deBlasio, or said that is not why they are here. They are here to give parents more options such as the Girls Prep Charter School.