Legislature, New Bedford Charter School, Pioneer Institute discussed on Animal House
Yeah. I've talked to a lot of folks who have very high opinion of mighty men and the job that he's done. And I, I have no in Boston to shame of pioneer institute where we're public policy institute very interested in education trying to schools, high red. And we just looking at the plane faxing, you know. What is this, a stain -able for a for a university system to go through this massive expansion at this time, you know, and they and I think that kind of the chickens have come home to roost. Because the financial pressures coming on the university now because I don't think it's a stain -able. Yeah. They're going to have to do something about that. Definitely. Are you? I'm not sure if this is your area of expertise, but the legislature did something recently that was pretty troubling to me when it comes to charter schools, they blocked. A New Bedford charter school. From expanding into a new building. They wanted to wanted to shift to a new campus. There's an old public school building, I think, and legislature blocked it from even from them even trying to do it. And the way they did. It was too, you know, procedural roadblocks put up see roadblocks legislature. So it wouldn't even come for a vote were you guys following that or? Phone, very, very carefully. Yeah. Pyner institute with was one of the leading groups kinda advocating for products cools. In fact, at pioneers, to one of my qualities, working here is Tom Birmingham, used to be the Senate president. He wasn't. He was one of the agents. So the education reform act that led to an casts and try to school. So with you know that try to school that you're talking about into Bedford is fantastic charter school. I mean it is it's famously good and the waiting list to get into. It is gigantic. You have to win a lottery to get into it and the, the mayor down there who who was. I think he's a Harvard grad, he's a. Originally. He was he was very few of in his praise for this particular school. But then at the end of the day, you know, it's, it's like the, you know, collective bargaining labor the teacher's union, so and so forth death against charter school. So to me, it's not. Right. You know, I mean these inner city kids in bed for those kids are up against it, especially young coming up fourteen fifteen years old. It's tough world. And so if there's an opportunity for, for family to send their kid to a school that's rank high in the state, it's like a little gym right in their backyard. I don't get why they're shutting down. It's like shooting yourself in the foot. It's terrible. You concern about the way the legislature went about it to not even to allow vote basically blocking it from even coming up. Well, you know, I, I served in the state legislature for seventeen years. Yeah. And it doesn't surprise me that the legislature would do that because they've been they've been like a, you know, an eye in curtain against charter schools, because there's so much political pressure by teachers, not to not Acilitator it. And if but back in the day in the time that, like if president Birmingham the Mark Roosevelt, and those people, you know, these are urban liberals, they, they were urban liberals, but they, but they would twenty to find a way to have people live in inner cities, like Brockton, you know, Lawrence New Bedford, Springfield, Lawrence, Lowell chicopee that we're the school systems are really rough to give the parents and the kids chance to go to a good school. I mean they saw in that view and it's really too bad that the leadership is not. There people rise up like we had back in the day. Yeah. They instead they have people seemingly do what the unions want them to do. This is not to say that charter schools, and they don't. They're I'm sure they're bad charter schools, as well as good ones. But, you know, it just seemed like the way they did it. That was a little sneaky, the legislature, did it because they knew the time frame, they knew the timeframe of that, that, that they could delay. And they just kept delaying delaying it till they couldn't do it anymore. And what they wanted to do was to go away from a lottery system. Is that correct? The school wanted to go away from the lottery and do like more of a local school choice gotta thing, right? That's right. You know, we down in New York, there's a, there's a city councillor down, who, who retired and she started about ten charter schools in New York. And they were really, really. She's an African Americans. The constituency student body was almost all of them African American Hispanic and they were like you know, is ranked in the top one percent of all the city schools in the city did the same thing. They said no, they, they block them from a new facility. They victim from the facility all the pressure came on it. But man, but there was a March on Sydney hall, and they think they sent like two hundred buses full of people up to Albany in New York fight it. You know what I'm saying is, I wish people would down in New Bedford in the state would rise up and say, hey, you know, why are you depriving families of this opportunity? It's just not. Right. It's I think it's very unfair and unwise. Right. Well, Greg, I want to thank you very much for joining us here on bat and the pioneer institute you guys do a great job over there covering various issues and holding holding government accountable. Well, we feel the same way about you Joe and you're a great coverage of national in state. It's really fabulous. Thanks. I really appreciate it. Thanks. Okay. Greg Sullivan from the pioneer is we're gonna take a quick break. Don't forget, six seven two eight six five six three three. 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