New York Mayor's Charter School Decisions Anger Both Sides


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday reversed plans to allow three charter schools to open in city buildings, though he said he would allow more than a dozen other charter schools to open in Department of Education space, in the most significant education policy decision to date from the new administration.

The rejections affected charter schools run by former City Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz and attracted a storm of criticism from charter-school advocates. The administration also rejected space-sharing arrangements, known as co-locations, for six traditional public schools, though three will get space elsewhere, officials said.

Mr. de Blasio also disappointed some supporters by moving forward with 35 co-locations approved in the waning days of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration, including 13 involving charter schools. The de Blasio administration deferred a decision on four co-locations and allowed another charter school co-location to go forward with reduced enrollment.


Welcome to being Mayor of New York City, Mr. de Blasio! It’s the second toughest job next to the Presidency. You are NEVER going to please everyone. To his credit, de Blasio is trying to compromise and be fair to all sides, but of course that is bound to anger all sides. De Blasio does not want charter schools to drain the resources (space and money) of public schools and, at the same time, he wants charter schools to continue. I had previously thought he wished to abolish charter education altogether since he was not prepared to fund it to the same extent as Mayor Bloomberg had. Apparently de Blasio is in for a rough time on this issue, but no one promised being mayor was going to be a cakewalk.


This is what the people of NYC get when they elect a left-wing ideologue who owes is election (as well as his backside) to the Teachers Union.


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