So this happened:
In January, New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio announced a huge expansion for pre-K in NYC. The Montessori Observer had a cynical take here, on the scale mismatch between New York’s 100,000 4-year-olds and an estimated 200,000 4-year-olds in Montessori schools in the rest of the country.
The Montessori Madmen cast cynicism aside and took up the challenge of leveraging this news for Montessori, launching an indiegogo campaign (now successfully closed) to fly the banner shown here over New York City for three hours on Friday, May 2nd. The project got picked up on the New York Daily News politics blog and the Albany TimesUnion’s Capitol Confidential blog by reporter Annie Karni.
The a scale problem remains. I imagine deBlasio looking out the window of his office, seeing the banner, and barking to his secretary, “Get me Montessori on line one!” Who would he call, and what could we deliver?
But once again the Madmen network is getting results. People in the New York Montessori world are contacting the Mayor’s office, and a meeting with the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector and the folks at New York City Montessori Charter School is in the works.
Contact info for the Mayor’s Office:
New York, NY 10007
212-NEW-YORK outside NYC