Posts Tagged ‘New York’

Expiration of mayoral control of NYC schools

This is sad because of the ridiculousness of the senate to waste our money but mostly because our children’s educations will suffer, financial and otherwise.


NEW YORK, NY – Geoffrey Canada, Chairman of the Board of Learn NY, released the following statement regarding the expiration of the legislation instituting mayoral control of New York City’s schools:

“Today is a sad day. Without a vote by the Senate before 11:59 p.m., which appears unlikely, the New York City school system, the largest in the country, will officially be without a governance structure. The old system that failed seven years ago has been disbanded, wisely, and putting it back into place cannot happen overnight – and if we want our children to keep making progress, we should not ever go back to it.

“The Senate’s inaction has put our children and their schools in limbo. With summer school starting tomorrow, the basic services that help our kids and parents get through the day are now uncertain. Important decisions over budgets, contracts and the hiring of teachers cannot be made. The entire system is subject to massive legal disputes. There is, quite literally, no one in charge.

“What do we tell the 1.1 million children who attend New York City public schools? What do we tell their parents – tens of thousands of whom contacted their legislators to support mayoral control? What do we tell the stakeholders and leaders who came together to discuss this issue and all decided that renewing mayoral control was the best course of action?

“Our grassroots effort, on behalf of the majority of parents who support mayoral control, is far from over. Every day that goes by without action, the Senate puts our schools at risk. Learn NY and its 79 coalition organizations will continue our efforts to advocate for renewal every day until the bill is passed.

“I have spent more than 25 years working for better schools in Harlem. I am not going to give up now. We will do whatever it takes to make sure that children do not fall through the cracks and that they have the schools they deserve.”


Peter, Entrepreneur, East Coast Video

Entrepreneur: Peter Sukhran, East Coast Video
Location: Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Amount repaid: $15,000 of $15,000

Peter, entrepreneur, East Coast Video in Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Peter, entrepreneur, East Coast Video in Fort Greene, Brooklyn

From horror to drama to foreign, Peter Sukhran, owner of East Coast Video, carries it all. “Quantum of Solace is behind you on the top shelf, two videos in from the left,” Peter informs a new customer from memory. He has run this neighborhood store for the past seven years after buying the business to supplement his income. To finance the acquisition he negotiated a loan from the past owner and planned to pay monthly interest and principle payments over two years. The business was successful enough that Peter was able to pay off the loan within the first year, but he paid the second year’s interest as a gesture of good will. As the business grew, he quit his office job to run the video store full-time. He was motivated by the freedom “of not having to shave everyday” and the ability to work on his own terms.

Last year this Brooklyn entrepreneur was inspired to convert the front of his store into an ice cream stand for extra income during the summer months. He installed a refrigeration unit and comfy benches out front for patrons to people-watch while enjoying their butter pecan cones. After repeated customer requests, Peter has now decided to expand into smoothies and fresh juices. “It’s a never ending project but it’s MY business,” he remarks with a smile as he rents the new Spike Lee film to a fellow movie lover.

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