The education establishment in Niagara County, New York is fighting ugly to block a black pastor’s plan for a new charter school, writes Ryan Sager.

Board members of the proposed charter school have been intimidated into resigning, parents have been intimidated into not signing petitions in favor of the school and the Assembly has tried to intimidate the head of the state’s Board of Regents (whose term as a Regent is up in 2005 — it’s the Assembly that would reappoint him).

An ugly story all around as the teachers union and the local school superintendant tries to stop poor and minority kids from getting a shot at a decent education.

Sager’s New York Post columns one and two observe that 70 percent of minority students in Niagara Falls are failing to meet standards.

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  1. Update on Niagara Charter School

    I blogged earlier about the ugly shenanigans of teachers unions and education bureaucrats in New York who are trying to prevent a new charter school from opening. Parents are excited about the new school, which would primarily serve poor minority stu…