The de Blasio administration is sitting on some two dozen charter space requests for the 2018-19 school year, including six from Success Academy, where students not only closed the socioeconomic achievement gap but reversed it, scoring higher on the exams than students in wealthy suburbs. It’s time to do the right thing and make room for charters.
New York Post / By Post Editorial Board
Originally published: 9.6.2017
Charter parents and advocates rallied Wednesday at City Hall to protest Team de Blasio’s failure to meet the Sept. 1 deadline to respond to requests for public space. These space requests aren’t frivolous. Charters are bursting at their seams. They now serve 114,000 students, with 48,000 more kids wait-listed.
Tough-to-swallow truths: Free lunch is nice, but genuine equity and excellence in education are better
NY Daily News / By Daily News Editorials
Originally published: 9.7.2017
This school year, for the first time, all 1.1 million New York City public schoolchildren can get fed without paying a penny. If only, on this first day of school, that same passion for fairness echoed not just in cafeterias but in classrooms around New York.
The Daily Signal / By Jonathan Butcher
Originally published: 8.31.2017
In July, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made a deal with state legislators: The mayor would retain control of city schools for two more years in exchange for a commitment to increase the number of charter schools.
It’s no secret to New Yorkers that de Blasio opposes charter schools—public schools that typically operate independent of traditional school districts—and he has engaged in high-profile efforts to slow charter school growth.
But new research suggests that what The New York Times calls his “unwritten concession” on charter schools may work out well for taxpayers and students.
Kings County Politics / By Kings County Politics
Originally published: 8.29.2017
According to an exclusive KCP numbers crunch of Brooklyn schools results in the recent state exams in math and English Language Arts (ELA) given to third- and eighth-graders, Success Academy Charter schools dominated with nine of the top 20 schools in test scores – including several in black and Hispanic neighborhoods.
New York Post / By Selim Algar
Originally published: 8.24.2017
Success Academy charter-school officials took dead aim at Mayor de Blasio at a press conference Thursday for “normalizing” the city’s improved but still abysmal state exam results released this week.