Southern Brooklyn

Comptroller Liu Joins Goldstein H.S. Faculty, Students To Protest Education Cuts

Faculty, students and politicians rally to fight education cuts. In this photo: Kit Wainer, UFT Chapter Leader; Jessica Kallo, student; John Liu, NYC Comptroller; Principal Joseph Zaza (Source: Kit Wainer)

New York City Comptroller John Liu joined Leon M. Goldstein High School Principal Joseph Zaza, and 125 faculty members, parents and students last Monday to protest the ongoing budget slashes of the city’s public schools.

It was the latest in a series of rallies the school, located at 2001 Oriental Boulevard, has had over the past two years, since the city and state have sliced-and-diced from every nook and cranny of budgets. This rally came on the heels of the largest single-agency layoff since Mayor Bloomberg took office, in which 672 school aides, parent coordinators and family workers lost their jobs.

That meant more pain for our local schools, which are already suffering from staffing and programming cuts.

When we asked Victoria Sottile, Goldstein’s United Federation of Teachers Consultation Committee member, in a Q&A piece last year why a rally is important, she told us “the demonstration is important to raise awareness as to how seriously the budget cuts are affecting the quality of education we can provide to our students.” She told us about gaps in student schedules, the slashing of Advanced Placement programs and even basic science and math courses being eliminated because of staff shortages.

Last June, about 600 students staged an early morning walk-out in response to the budget cuts.

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  1. They could save a lot of money by making school optional for the idiots who don’t want to go to school in the first place. 

  2. LMG could definitely take a budget cut and they would still have their TV’s in the lunch room and smart boards in the class rooms… If Liu was serious about this he should goto schools in say Harlem or Brownsville where students don’t even have books

  3. That is an issue that needs to be addressed in the long term. These schools fail because they do not provide an adequate environment for education. Of course the failure of these schools is blamed by DOE officials on everything but the lack of financial support they are given. DOE will claim that they will not pour good money after bad, so the schools remain low-performing and essentially useless.

  4. Protesting budget cuts is easy; finding ways to sensibly find the funds is hard. Any practical suggestions are welcome.

  5. Lack of financial suppport? More money is again the solution? 20 billion dollar education budget not enough for you? Yeah, tax the rich, that’ll solve the problem. The same broken record over  and over again, till Greece hits this city, state, country. 

    Talk to some honest people in DOE, and find out what’s going on. Stealing in the schools (not by students, by teachers!); hiring absolutely incompentent teachers and assistant principals based on friendship and race; absolutely brutal corruption that is accepted and in fact condoned and defended by the teacher’s union.

    Here’s but one  story for you. A person who just passed the teaching test and was looking to become a teacher, was caught outside a school threatening a para. A brutal fistfight ensued. This person was promptly “punished” by being hired by that school because he/she had made friends with the principal/assistant principal. Not only was she hired, but she was given in her first year responsibilities of overseeing several other teachers. She was in effect made the boss of those teachers.

     Does this story bother you? I have a hundred of them over several schools, but I risk already giving away schools, and identities of my “sources”. What you read above isn’t even close to being the worst one I have. How about teachers stealing food from kids, some of whom are disabled? How does that one grab you. I have a dozen of those alone.

      But of course, the solution to all of this is more money for schools, and I assume, the teachers union. Yup, that’ll do it.

  6. Give the public schools some competition, like charter schools. either the public school system will go away (we can only hope), or it will shape up. The solution isn’t more and more and more and more and more (getting tired of more? so am i!) MONEY!

  7. Liu is a joke. The office of Comptroller is supposed to be that of safeguarding the public money. Instead, this dude hasn’t met a public union that he wouldn’t shower with my cash.

  8. I know a number of teachers. Some of them work in the worst schools. What they tell me about is not crooked teachers (though I can document the very practices you describe taking place in PRIVATE schools) but the lack of learning materials, proper building maintenance, and a sense of malaise from staff that has grown tired of working under poor conditions. 

    The criminality takes places within the DOE. I see SCA is back to their old tricks, and while some scams that involve maintenance workers led to firings and criminal prosecutions it was the tip of the iceberg. 

    Don’t blame teachers. They’re doing a job you wouldn’t consider taking.

  9. Let me ask you, Do you think its more important that he didn’t acknowledge the problem at all? You shouldn’t be so picky about where the support came from, just that it came at all. It just so happens that the student who CARED ENOUGH about budget cuts going on around the city, met John Liu on the train. and I guess according to your opinion that poor girl was unfortunate enough to attend LMG which she was more than happy to have the chance to invite Mr. Liu to support a cause so important to her fellow students.


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