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New York Daily News

Charters have become not just a powerful educational force in the city but a powerful force for good.

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Time’s up for de Blasio’s failed plan to fix failed schools
New York Post / By Jeremiah Kittredge
Originally published: 12.6.2016

Mayor de Blasio’s own allies, principals union president Ernie Logan and Public Advocate Tish James, have now joined a chorus of critics slamming his large, expensive gamble with New York City’s Renewal Schools as a failure. And with good reason.

Charting a course to integration: Let charter schools help
New York Daily News / By Eva Moskowitz
Originally published: 12.7.2016

According to a 2014 study by the UCLA Civil Rights Project, New York City’s schools are the most segregated in the entire nation. To fix this problem, we need to set aside petty squabbles and work together.

City Hall must stop denying space to great new schools
New York Post / By Ruben Diaz Sr.
Originally published: 11.30.2016

When I moved to New York City from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, I knew the key to opportunity was going to be a good education.

To be sure, I cared deeply as a young man about health care, economic opportunity and poverty. But my ability to rise through the ranks as a Hispanic leader in New York City in order to tackle those issues was only possible because I was able to get an education that prepared me for the challenges ahead.

Education Op-Ed: Success Academy Mom Asks De Blasio To Do Right Thing
Kings County Politics / By Jeanette Squires-James
Originally published: 11.30.2016

It’s really a simple problem with an obvious solution: Success Academy needs three middle school buildings in Brooklyn so that it can have full, grade 5-8 middle schools. Yet, despite the Mayor knowing this, his proposal falls short by hundreds of seats for middle school students like my son.

De Blasio embraces ‘separate and unequal’ for city schools
New York Post / By Post Editorial Board
Originally published: 11.18.2016

Now we know: Mayor de Blasio is sticking by his policy on charter schools — “separate and unequal.”

That’s the thrust of the city’s offer of 1,000 middle-school seats to Success Academy, which needs 1,700 to accommodate all its kids.

Spectators watch and play at World Chess Championship in New York
Reuters / By Melissa Fares
Originally published: 11.18.2016

Brooklyn chess teacher Boris Izrayelit, 33, had to keep his eyes on two games at once at the World Chess Championship on Friday.

World champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway and challenger Sergey Karjakin of Russia were playing the sixth game of the match in the Fulton Market Building in lower Manhattan. In an adjoining room, Izrayelit watched them on video screens while next to him, two of his students, Nura, 10, and Vincenzo, 9, were playing a game of their own.

Op-Ed: Success Academy Founder Pens Open Letter To Mayor Bill de Blasio
Kings County Politics / By Eva Moskowitz
Originally published: 11.15.2016

Dear Mayor de Blasio,

The city’s proposal to temporarily house Success Academy middle school students from five Brooklyn elementary schools in just two locations is not “reasonable, adequate, or comparable.” In fact, the proposal is an aggressive affront to families, many of whom had believed the Department of Education last year when it promised to find a permanent site for their children’s middle school.

Team de Blasio’s own numbers show ‘no room for charters’ is a lie
New York Post / By Jeremiah Kittredge
Originally published: 11.14.2016

Each year, the Department of Education is required to publish a Blue Book that serves as the city’s official record of how many seats are available in local district school buildings. This year’s Blue Book reveals that the districts where charters are pursuing co-location — in which they would share space with district public schools — are vastly underutilized, with enough open space to accommodate 94 charter schools.