Details Disclosed of Mayor's Deal on Charter Schools
On Thursday, July 6, a whole week after Albany decided to extend the mayor’s control over schools, de Blasio’s administration finally revealed the terms of its side of the deal regarding charter schools.
According to The Post, “The agreement says the city will allow the charter sector to re-use charter certificates that were issued to schools but that are no longer being used — largely in the case of so-called “zombie” schools that have closed. Charter officials said there are currently 22 such schools in New York City, which effectively doubles the number of available certificates in the five boroughs from 23 to 45. Raising the charter school cap was a sticking point during the debates in Albany, but Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie refused to entertain a legislative solution.”
The only way Mayor de Blasio was able to maintain control of the schools was by accepting this compromise, an insider told The Post.
A charter sector official, whose familier with the deliberations, told the publication, “Albany made it clear to the city that they had to do this stuff. Senator Majority [Leader] Flanagan and Governor Cuomo said in order to get mayoral control extended, the mayor had to do right by charters.”
Other terms that the city agreed to, include: providing charter students with Metrocards if their schools start before yellow bus service; promising to respond swiftly to complaints about conditions in any school building; and agreed to bureaucratic solutions to the process by which charter schools obtain access to public space.
The pro-charter group StudentsFirstNY’s director Jenny Sedlis said, “Charters have been battling with the de Blasio administration for the last four years but thanks to Albany leaders, productive conversations led to an agreement that’s good for all public school kids. Parents will have access to more school options and charter operators will get significant relief.”
Charter schools were described by City Hall spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein, as an “important partner” in providing students with an excellent education.
She said, “Through the debate over mayoral control, we identified a few common-sense areas where we could better work together to ensure all 1.1 million school children have a chance to succeed.”
“We identified a few common-sense areas where we could better work together to ensure all 1.1 million school children have a chance to succeed.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio finally released his side of the agreement regarding charter schools, a week after mayoral control was extended by Albany. (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)