|Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña (at far left) was on hand at PS/MS 42 to share her vision for replacement|
schools being proposed at the site. Photo by Ralph Mancini
This flyer certainly shows that Carmen is not listening to the protest. This letter even goes into appointing a new principal for the "new" school, as if it was going to happen.
This time, it's those pesky people who decided that PS/MS 42Q in Arverne, Queens should not be closed who caused Carmen's distress. See
After the February 8 joint meeting, the protest quickly gathered political support, parents, teachers, and students, in opposition to Carmen's ill-timed, inappropriate announcement that 14 schools would be closed. Seconds after the flyers went out on this blog, facebook, and Ednotesonline, articles appeared in The Wave that the protest against the closing of PS/MS 42 had been seen and the protest registered across the internet.
Suddenly, barely two days after Leroy Barr gave a rousing speech on February 13 at the school, along with other UFT top brass, Carmen's Department of Education issued a press release that called all parents (and NO ONE ELSE) to a meeting at the school to discuss the lies that were being thrown out to the public about the pending closure. Parents boycotted this meeting, and thus Carmen was embarrassed to sit at a table with her two foot soldiers and maybe 3 other people. Thus the sour face in the picture at the top.
As I have written many times on this blog (hey - it's my blog), I have some experience working with Carmen Farina, the current Chancellor, when I was a parent at PS 6. I am actually very grateful to her for training me in Great Books, and allowing me to volunteer for an after school program as a teacher. Great Books is a wonderful program.
I am also very grateful to her for agreeing to give me every monday the lunch period at PS 6 so I could discuss empathy and altruism with 4th and 5th graders who signed up for my lunch club. We had a wonderful time! We even created a business plan for a new product which I believe should be brought to market. But I still wish Carmen would have allowed me to bring in service dogs, she would not allow it, but that was then and this is now.
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