military commander in Afghanistan, has been under investigation for over a year amid allegations he grossly mismanaged a Pentagon-funded research center.
Out of the nine blocked, three are Success Academy schools, run by former City Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz.The Mayor refuses to show any signs of compromise, and argues that co-location of charter schools was a rush decision made by the previous administration.With no contingency plans for the co-location reversal, these schools are now left to fend themselves.As a result of the Mayor's political posturing, over 700 kids - mostly minority students from low-income families - are now forced to return to failed neighborhood schools they have tried to escape.Charter school operations are provided with government space and are run by non-profit organizations that continue to flourish year after year with now over 183 schools in New York City serving 70,000 children.
Charter schools are the best public city schools with success rates of over 60% passing the English exams and 80% passing the math exam, both far beyond the city averages.
During his mayoral campaign in 2013, de Blasio was a huge critic of charter schools,making it clear that he will impose a moratorium on co-locations and charge charter schools rent.
He also specifically targeted Moskowitz’s charter schools must no longer be “ tolerated, enabled, [and] supported” by the city.
After taking office, he announced a plan to cut 0 million over the next five years for classroom space and redirect them to add 7,000 new pre-kindergarten seats.
de Blasio justifies his war on charter schools, stating that the City can “no longer devote the moneyto charter schools expansion...
and frees up the money for other priorities.” With no contingency plans whatsoever, this all-out war on successful, high-performing schools that enroll minority children of low-income neighborhoods has de Blasio biting his own ‘Tale of Two Cities’ narrative.