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.