Here is why the comparison is unfair. My friends at the NAACP understand my efforts. HE SACRED OATH FROM HEBRON (1929) TO TODAY | GED Programs | MICHELLE MALKIN TAKES ON A FEW SCHOOLS IN THE USA » August 04, 2014 EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRAL ISLIP PUBLIC LIBRARY By Profesor Martin Danenberg “El Quijote del GED” with Queen Makkada, Jose M. Rios, and Angel Martinez. A quick word about Eva Moskowitz and Queen Makkada. Both Eva Moskowitz and Queen Makkada say that their schools must partner with parents. Queen Makkada does not have a lottery system for students because the students are in their neighborhood schools. Queen Makkada does not get paid a salary and Eva Moskowitz gets well over $300,000 a year. Queen works with about 300 parents that she has trained and about 85 percent of the children of these parents pass their state exams. Eva Moskowitz says that 82 percent passed math and 58 percent passed ELA exams. Eva Moskowitz says we cannot fix poverty if we do not fix education, but all over our nation urban areas are fighting poverty by fighting for a higher minimum wage and better salaries overall. Any differences in percentages may be due to better teaching to the test. Teaching to the test has to improve in school districts all over our nation. No Child Left Behind demanded 100 percent proficiency and anything less was considered a failing school. Diane Ravitch writes about this in The Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools. She tells us that America’s schools are not failing and you can see indications of that in this article. Essentially what Queen Makkada and Eva Moskowitz have done is similar. Queen did not take over a school that was closed down. The 300 parents come from various schools. The students at the Success Academies, too, come from various schools. Neither Queen Makkada nor Eva Moskowitz (I believe) has turned around a failing school. If the parents decide that their children should leave those ten schools and enter Success Academies in September, Queen Makkada would have to start all over and the Success Academies would reap the benefits. If Queen Makkada could accomplish all of this in Far Rockaway, can we not provide the same help to parents all over the city of New York, all over our nation, and all around the world? I believe we can and I am ready to proceed. I have no objection to charter schools, but charter schools really are not the answer to a huge problem and I do not consider Eva Moskowitz or Campbell Brown the Michael Jordans of education. For profit schools seem to be the answer, but I have just explained what is really needed and we can start in September to make a huge difference, even where there are no Success Academies. Move over Campbell Brown. Campbell Brown in on the board of Success Academies. The facts that Eva Moskowitz wrote about in her article in the New York Post are okay, but I ask that there be much more integrity in this great debate that is taking place. I know that I can provide that integrity. It is up to others to reach higher and give us the whole truth and that truth is that parents everywhere can make a great difference and teachers need to learn how to teach to the test. I know that teaching to a math test is easier than teaching to a reading test. Check the Success Academies results again. I am sure that teachers are also providing a well-rounded education in Queen Makkada’s home school and in the Success Academies, but even Queen Makkada entered a school during the last year school year and found superior things going on that seemed to surpass what Queen’s home school was doing. That school was in her district and she was really impressed. I know that White flight from the public schools has been replaced by Black flight and school safety is an important issue that triggers much of this flight. School safety is so much better today than it was in previous decades going back to the late 1960’s. Also the population change in the city, created by enormous gentrification, has reduced crime significantly. The newspapers normally credit good policing, but I just drove through areas of New York City undergoing great change (expensive housing) and even the Bronx Borough president is talking about that, too. Ruben Diaz, Jr. pointed out that there have been no murders in the old Fort Apache Precinct and he said the Bronx still has a bad reputation and he objects to it. I know that the Bronx borough president and its schools need the help of Queen Makkada. I know that it was so hard to educate people decades ago with crack epidemics and AIDS spreading across our nation. Eva Moskowitz talks like Wonderwoman or Superman without taking on the greatest challenges that the public schools have confronted all these years. Educating people in the last 10 years has only gotten easier. In my late father’s days, the graduation rate was only about 15 percent. Let us begin with Queen Makkada as she describes her participation in my educational conference. On July 24th, at 7 pm I had the pleasure to participate in an educational panel discussion in the Central Islip Public Library. The event was organized by El Profesor “GED”, Martin Danenberg. It was great to hear the views and data that other panelists brought to the table, along with participants from the audience. As the Title 1 representative representing all of NYC DOE’s Title 1 Parents and Children on Chancellor Fariña’s, Chancellor Leadership Advisory Council, CLAC, it was a perfect opportunity to share how trained, organized and committed Parent Leaders and parents in District 27’s district wide Title 1 Parent Advisory Council changed schools in District 27, especially the Rockaways. Angel Martinez, from “Convoy of Hope”, posed the question regarding how the youth, the students in Rockaway viewed the increased parental involvement and advocacy was right on time. It allowed me to share the amazing story of students graduating from middle schools, going on to succeed in H.S and getting accepted into elite colleges and universities. Title 1 No Child Left Behind provides funding for Title 1 parents to shape their own Title 1 parent structure, have monthly meetings, and parent workshops that focus on concerns that parents raise that include everything from parenting skills, to student aggregate data on assessments, safety, special needs, and after school enrichment programs. As always Mr. Danenberg’s knowledge of the state of the “GED” and the future of Americans being able to secure a GED and/or get training highlighted the bleak future for Americans, especially American of non-European ethnicity. All in all I am excited about returning to Central Islip and furthering the conversation Queen Makkada.