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Why Does NYC Fund 3 ACORN Schools?

Even the Associated Press has finally been prodded into writing about the wonderful people at ACORN. (On a sleepy Sunday morning during the last weekend of Summer.)

Here are some excerpts buried in their article, which caught our eye:

A U.S. flag flies over the entrance to the ACORN Community High School in New York, Friday Sept. 18, 2009.

Did ACORN get too big for its own good?


Two schools in New York City have partnered with ACORN and bear its name: ACORN Community High School and ACORN High School for Social Justice. The schools’ state report cards identify ACORN Community High School as in good standing for student performance, while the other school needs improvement in some areas…

The first school mentioned by the AP, ACORN Community High School, is in Brooklyn, New York. It has the motto: “Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders.”

From their website:

ACORN Community High School – What is A C O R N?

ACORN Community High School was founded in 1996 as a partnership between the New York City Board of Education and A.C.O.R.N. (The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now).

ACHS was established to provide a small, safe, personalized, and challenging alternative to zoned high schools. ACHS is centrally located between Crown Heights, Bedford Stuyvesant, and the Fort Greene Brooklyn neighborhoods.

ACORN CHS is a small nurturing environment where students are expected to the skills necessary to compete in today’s global economic market. Students are taught the importance of contributing to their community as well as their academic endeavors.

And here are ACHS’s “guiding principles”:

Among the offerings on its website is:

Community Service

"Give Your Best, Be the Best" The ACORN Community Service Program (ACSP) offers ACORN students experiences that cultivate leadership skills while they contribute services to their communities. Through placement in various agencies and service providers, ACSP encourages students to apply what they learned in and out of the classroom to solve real-life problems. In the process students learn efficient work habits, teamwork and self-confidence. They also learn about democracy, budgets and the benefits of active citizenship. Further, students in ACSP acquire technical and communication skills that are essential in critical thinking for designing and implementing solutions that build proud and prosperous communities. Participation in ACSP instills an ethic of lifelong community service where students are inspired to build proud and prosperous communities.

This is not elective course, but a requirement:


Each student must complete 50 ASCP [ACORN Community Service Program] points per year with a total of 200 ASCP points by the end of the Senior year.

Students who volunteer at: an event activity (walk-athon etc); a Community Center that the school is affiliated with; or similar related program outside the school will receive 1 ASCP point for every hour of service.

Students who volunteer with in [sic] the school or babysitting will receive .5 ASCP point for every hour of service.


Seniors 12 ASCP points – by June 1, 2009

Juniors 62 ASCP points – by June 1, 2010

Sophomores 112 ASCP points – by June 1 2011

Freshmen 162  ASCP points – by June 1, 20012

The second school mentioned by the Associated Press is the  ACORN High School for Social Justice.

Here is some of the highlights about the School For Social Justice as enunciated on the NYC Department Of Education website:

ACORN School For Social Justice – Why we are "A Star that Shines in Brooklyn".

ACORN High School for Social Justice is “A Star that Shines in Brooklyn”. In addition, our school is distinctive because it is:

    * One of three community initiated NYC public schools affiliated with the powerful Acorn Organization.
    * A Landmark building with turn of the 20th century neoclassic Architecture which was once a Lowe’s theater where Jackie Gleason (a renowned entertainer) performed.
    * The first NYC DOE school to have an Executive Principal.
    * The first NYC DOE school to pilot an Icareers Academy.
    * Selected as one of a few New York City public schools to become an AVID school.  The Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) program is a rigorous college awareness and preparation program for students who will be the first in their families to attend college.  
      Success in attracting and keeping teachers from the NYC Teaching Fellows. 
    * We also include an additional course in Social Justice, a course on the Civil Rights Movement (Sojourner Project), and double periods of English and Mathematics at the 9th and 10th grade levels.
    * International Teachers Programs. We now also have a partnership with Columbia University as a site for Peace Corp Fellows to complete their teaching internships.
    * September 2008 will be the launch of state of the art Film/Media and music recording studios that will be centers of premier art programs including a Television Show in collaboration with Entertainers4Education Alliance.
    * An emerging honors program including honor level classes, Advanced Placement courses and College Now.  We are working on an Associate Degree program as well.
    * Unique utilization of technology to deliver instruction and to assess academic performance. All teacehers [sic] will be provided with school laptops for use in lesson planning and delivery and they all have access to LCD projectors and smart boards.  A writing lab is planned for school year 2008-2009.
    *  Annual College Tour to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). We will be initiating Ivy League and baby Ivy League college tours as well. 98 students participated in this year’s tour.
    *  Implementation of an excellent library program that will bring community members, actors, singers, and leaders into the building to speak with students and to participate in events such as Black History Month, Hispanic History Month, Poetry Month and Women’s History Month.
    *  A diverse after school program, in collaboration with our Community Based Organization, Acorn, comprised of academics, sports, the arts, and community service experiences for our students.
    *  A school’s website including WebPages for all teachers to promote greater communication with students and parents.
    *  Students will have access to the world of work through partnerships with law firms and corporations through participation in our Legal Careers Academy or Icareers Academy
    * The Asset Program, a community based organization, is supporting this endeavor.  Students are given opportunities to participate in all aspects of the school including working here as members of the Ladies and Gentleman Club…

Elsewhere on their website they declare:

Our Mission

The ACORN High School for Social Justice created by a resolution of the Board of Education on June 24, 1999 opened its doors to students for the first time in September of 1999. The school offers an opportunity for students to engage in a comprehensive academic program and to participate in citywide campaigns dealing with issues of social injustice which affect the Bushwick Community and the larger Brooklyn community. ACORN High School for Social Justice’s mixture of academic and community involvement helps the students to become lifelong learners.


Our Community

Our partners include the ACORN organization, members of the Bushwick Educational Community, and the Sojourner Project.

For the record, judging from the ‘Self Portraits’ and other photos, such as of the “Literary Celebration,’ the ACORN Community High School student population would appear to be exclusively black.

The third ACORN affiliated New York City public school (seemingly unknown to the Associated Press) is the Bread and Roses Integrated Arts High School, in Manhattan (West Harlem), New York.

Once again, from the NYC DOE website:

Bread and Roses Integrated Arts High School – Our Mission

Our mission is to provide the communities of Northern Manhattan with a small, safe, student centered school that: is academically rigorous; prepares young adults to go to college; integrates arts and social justice into the curriculum; and addresses the needs of students with learning disabilities or second language literacy issues in an inclusive way. We believe in today’s world young people need a rigorous education; one that is relevant to their lives, and challenging to their imagination. To this end, we know each student well and value each as individuals. We believe every child can be a positive and constructive force in our society. Students are engaged in their work and explore the things they want to say, the things they need to know, and the things they want to do. Our focus on social justice and artistic expression helps students to look beyond what is, towards what is possible for themselves and their community.


Our Community

We work in an ongoing collaboration with ACORN, which is our community based partner. ACORN helps to teach our students how to organize themselves, and works with our parents organization to develop a sense of community within our school. We participate in the College Now Program in collaboration with City College.

Why are New York City residents paying (outrageously high) taxes to have their children taught by ACORN?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, September 20th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

21 Responses to “Why Does NYC Fund 3 ACORN Schools?”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Well ……….Nothing like teaching “Pimps and ‘Ho’s” how to usurp the IRS and other govt. agencies at such a tender age. When they are caught with their hands in the cookie jar, just pull out the trusty ‘Race Card’ and watch us squirm.

    ACORN …..Teaching hate the ol’ fashion way!!

    • proreason says:

      Now LD, they’re not all “Pimps and ‘Ho’s”.

      Some grow up to Chair the House Finance Committee and write thetax laws that redistibute our income to their partners-in-crime. Others grow up to be the President of the country and rewrite the Constitution.

      But you are 100% right about the Race Card.

      They all play that game.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Two ACORN worms on the house of LD for that minor transgression that all 3 of the ACORN High Scrools be Pimpin’ and Ho’ing.
      They gonna be needin’ lawyers to pays der bails monies and writing the nonsense no one reads in the House or the Senate.

      My bad!!

    • Right of the People says:

      But Pro, they’re all pimps and ho’s at heart.

  2. jrmcdonald says:

    I take it that Acorn does not do this out of good will. Since they must be getting paid, is this taking money away from the public school system? Since they are imparting their ‘community values’ on the students, how would this compair to the state paying for Catholic schools?

  3. jrmcdonald says:

    Just so you don’t forget, these 7 senators voted to continue Acorn funding:

    Dick Durbin (D-IL)
    Roland Burris (D-IL)
    Robert Casey (D-PA)
    Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
    Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
    Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
    Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

  4. Tater Salad says:

    Obama is just going to try and “sugar coat” some type of investigation and let it blow over. It won’t work! Obama, his wife, Bill Ayers and his Marxist left wing wack-jobs will be exposed this very week and it isn’t going to be pretty. If the Democrats keep backing this Marxist then the country will be severly split into conservatives and socialists/Marxists.

  5. Tater Salad says:

    “The problem with Socialism is that it usually runs out of steam in the end because it uses other people money and it runs out!

  6. TwilightZoned says:

    Eeeee Gads, Batman! You don’t suppose this is where Barry wants to take the public schools?

  7. Helena says:

    First off, my 6th grade English teacher would give ACHS’s Guiding Principles statement a D-. Paragraphs need more than one sentence to be paragraphs. ANd what kind of gobbledy-gook is “…encourages students to make meaning of the nature of the world we live in and work in…”? It means nothing and it’s bad English. So, right off the bat those students are getting a bad deal.

    And now a comment on the website of ACORN Community H.S. from an alumnus:

    mark blak: 29th Jun 2007 – 22:19 GMT

    when i started in 99 it wasn’t the best school but it was bad & fun i was the 1 that never went to class because the lunchroom was where all the fun was at(remember the fights). we would be in the 1st floor bathroom playing c-low,hiding from security ,smoking in the locker room or getting chased from one floor to another. i don’t know how it is now but aint nothing like the 99-03 era.oh 1 more thing im offended by those who are talking down on the ones that didn’t go to class because im one of those and even though i didnt graduate from acorn i love my life now i have a son,house and lets not count the amount of cars i drive and im not even i new york no more.so thank u to the teachers who said i would be nothin.

    No comment.

  8. Mister C says:

    REQUIRED community service hours in a public school?! Isn’t this called involuntary servitude?

  9. canary says:

    So, it’s true the schools are funding ACORN. I had heard this, but couldn’t find anything it, and assumed that they meant the NEA Teacher’s union.

    This is the free education Obama promised. Obama does not care if our children pay for the stimulous or health care, because Obama has plans to assign jobs to our children. They will be slaving at what he chooses.

    Obama is showing an example of Hitler got followers to carry out the Holocaust. Refusing to turn on the water in California is a test run.

    Because, there are those that can turn on the water, prevent people from
    starvation. There are American’s that are willing for America to go hungry
    (except Obama’s plantation where children work in sludge and send the fruits of their labor to shelters) If Obama is so busy watching
    MTV, doing articles for men’s health, (Michelle on the interview photo shoot circuit), then the chain of command has been followed to the president of Obamerica, and full responsibility, legally, is on his shoulders, but Pelosi, who pretends to cry without tears, because Obama and his czars are cussing, but it does not disturb her. There seems to be
    no fear in losing popularity. So, this might imply, their agenda is as it appears. A take over by the federal government.
    God is not responsible for this famine, drought, etc. It’s man-made by
    jackass trojan horses that claim they care about your health.

    • canary says:

      I wonder what Africans who have no water, and need wells, would think of Obama. Amazing all the missionaries over in Africa trying to
      help them get water, while Obama intentionally won’t turn on the water.


  10. canary says:

    Obama is planning on unionizing health care. I’d like to know why.

  11. AmericanIPA says:

    “High School for Social Justice”. WTF is that?

    • proreason says:

      It’s a high school that teaches people they have a “right” to Redistribution.

      Translation: they have a “right” to take money from us for themselves, based on the fact that:

      – well under 1/2 of this country allowed slavery 150 years ago before 600,000 people died stopping it, and
      – some (but not all. i.e., The Moron) of them have have slave ancestors, along with many non-slave ancestors, and
      – a tiny portion of us are descended from slave-owners (a small fraction of the Old South) along with other ancestors.
      – and, of course, they say we are all racists (since that cannot be proven either way)

  12. Dr.D says:

    I am descended from slave owners, but I do not own any slaves myself and never have. None of the people claiming that they are due reparations have ever been slaves. As a matter of fact, they are the extreme beneficiaries of a misfortune that happened to their ancestors, meaning that while their ancestors suffered, the people of today have benefited greatly from it. Without that suffering, they would still be in Africa, chasing through the jungle and killing each other. I don’t owe them one penny, and neither does any one else. They should be ever so grateful that they have the benefit of being born in the USA. Then they should get to work and make something of themselves, rather than complain and whine endlessly about how they are owed.

    It is long past time for blacks to take responsibility for themselves. They have been given huge benefits for the past 45 years, benefits that if they had availed themselves of them they could have been fully equal to white people long ago if they were ever going to be capable of being equal. But they did not. They wasted almost all of it. They continue to do just that today. There is no progress towards black personal responsibility.

    • canary says:

      They refuse to change their voo doo beliefs, muslim customs, so many young girls being bought with cows, hunted down and raped, by men, birthing children, by muslims who treat the woman likes cows. They have so much black magic and all, and cannibalism is making a comeback. They believe eating a healty body parts, or if a man has sex with a virgin, it can cure them from aids. It’s so sad. I feel Obama and his wife should care about their roots, and go to Africa and save their ancestors. America doesn’t need Obama. Africa does.

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