Educate All Students: Larry Miller's Blog

January 28, 2010

Comment on Wall Street Support of Harlem Children’s Zone

Filed under: Charter Schools — millerlf @ 4:02 pm

I have recently posted information about the Harlem Children’s Zone and its CEO Geoffrey Canada. One part of their success has been the significant amount of money they have raised to support their programs from connections to Wall Street financiers.

I must ask, have investment bankers, hedge fund managers, and CEO’s found a new benevolence toward children living in poverty? Throughout our history the captains of industry and finance have given money to improve the plight of the poor. This almost always came with a great price. Their demand to workers was “don’t organize.” To people of color they said, “accept segregation.”

Elements of the New York City finance elite have embraced Geoffrey Canada and the Harlem Children’s Zone approach of teaching to the whole child: provide wrap around resources that improve the living conditions of the child and their families. This seems to appeal to our wealthy friends–as long as there are no teacher unions or teacher protection available. Firing teachers without reason or recourse is the expressed modus operandi of the HCZ schools.

Its hard not to be cynical when I look at the recent destruction that Wall Street has done to our economy, driving the poor to even greater desperation. I would hope that these same supporters of HCZ expand their support for universal healthcare, rebuilding communities, family supporting job training and creation, union organizing, work-family supporting policies and much, much more.



  1. Larry-

    My name is Danny Weil and I write for You can go to the site and then go to the top at Author’s Posts, find my name and see the broad array of artsicles.

    I agree with the above. Can you help me: Do you have a diagram of any of the interlocking contributors to HCZ or the names of the philanthro-capitaists who have given or gave or do you know where I might find this?

    You can write me directly at

    You hit on something here. HCZ lost millions with Wall Street in 2009



    Comment by weilunion — May 1, 2010 @ 6:32 pm | Reply

  2. Millerf-

    Can you contact me at

    Just for inquiry purposes


    Comment by weilunion — June 24, 2010 @ 11:33 am | Reply

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