After Mayor de Blasio’s comments on charter schools today at an event where he touted the expansion of the PROSE program, the state’s charter association responded to his misguided claims.
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Charter association derides Mayor de Blasio’s comments on charter schools
Albany, NY – After Mayor de Blasio’s comments on charter schools today at an event where he touted the expansion of the PROSE program, the state’s charter association responded to his misguided claims.
Northeast Charter Schools Network CEO Kyle Rosenkrans said, "The math doesn't add up: Mayor de Blasio consistently marginalizes the hard work of teachers and students at the city's nearly 200 charters, yet somehow thinks 200 PROSE schools will make NYC the “forefront of reform and innovation in the nation.” Never mind that many charters are already doing what the Mayor says the PROSE schools will do – innovating, sharing and successfully educating kids.
“The Mayor is blind to the progress happening right under his nose. He's blinded by ideology and by a personal animosity towards choice. If he was willing to see, he'd know these things are already happening.
"We'd say imitation is the best form of flattery, but we know that in his heart, it's his way or the highway when it comes to education and that's totally unfair to parents who want options.
“Parents don't care about politics when it comes to their child’s education -- they want a good school and they don't care who runs it. You would think that for all his populism, the Mayor might someday realize this."
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network: The Northeast Charter Schools Network is a regional advocacy organization for the more than 250 charter schools in New York and Connecticut. Its mission is to support and expand high quality charter schools in the region.
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