New York Post: “Just another hijacked parents’ group”

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Oh, my head,” said parent activist Mona Davids on learning that the Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Council, or CPAC, had been hijacked by the United Federation of Teachers to carry the UFT’s policy agenda in Albany tomorrow.

As president of the NYC Parents Union, Davids has gone to court to undo Gov. Cuomo’s “sequester” of $250 million in school aid for the city. CPAC members should be joining that fight –but instead they’ll lobby legislators against Mayor Bloomberg’s agenda.

As The Post’s Sue Edelman reported on Sunday, the UFT is paying for buses, hot lunches and pro-union position papers for 100 CPAC members going to Albany for “lobby day.”

Mind you, CPAC is supposed be the voice of parents inside the city Education Department. But, like everything education-related, the teachers union successfully got its hooks into the group.

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott shouldn’t be surprised, but ashamed for (as Sam Pirozzolo of Community Education Council 31 on Staten Island told The Post) “giving them the keys to the castle.

” Walcott wouldn’t be i…

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A former state legislator turned NY Post editorial board member, thought-leader, public affairs consultant and commentator, columnist and blogger. Michael has appeared on Al Jazeera America Tonight, NY1/Inside City Hall, LIVE, YNN/Capital Tonight, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Fred Dicker Show, The Capitol Press Room, and The Daily Show. His op-eds have appeared in the NY Post, City and State, The Legislative Gazette, Bronx Times, The Troy Record, Buffalo News, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. To schedule speaking engagements, email FOMB08@GMAIL.COM.
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3 Responses to New York Post: “Just another hijacked parents’ group”

  1. Dale Benjamin Drakeford says:

    Totally disagree. Parents only allow “Hooks” in when they choose. If Walcott failed to have a voice it is because his voice was afoul of good sense and parents recognized that. If parents are moving towards the UFT voice it is because the UFT knows better what students need.


  2. When I originally left a comment I appear to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now every time a comment is added I receive four emails with the same comment.
    There has to be an easy method you are able to remove me from that service?


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