For Immediate Release: Dec. 30, 2013
Contact: Bob Bellafiore, 518-928-8471, firstname.lastname@example.org
New York City’s Next Chancellor Must Protect Public Charter School Parent Choices
“A city as great and diverse as New York City can and should have room for thriving district and charter schools.”
New York, NY – New York City’s 70,000 public charter school students will be looking to the next schools chancellor, Carmen Farina, to ensure they are able to continue to go to a great public school.
“Now is not the time to slow the city’s charter growth and deny choices to parents. If anything, charters and parental choices should be expanded as a way to give each child the opportunity to attend a great public school,” Northeast Charter Schools Network President Bill Phillips said.
Nearly 50,000 New York City children languish on charter wait lists and 16,000 more children risk of losing their school if pending co-locations are rescinded.
Farina takes over a school system with the second highest charter school enrollment in the nation and one of the highest performing charter sectors in the country.
“To serve all children, Farina must work with educators in the charter community to build upon their nationally recognized success,”Phillips said. “A city as great and diverse as New York City can and should have room for thriving district and charter schools.”
NYC’s charter schools enjoy wide public support. A recent New York Times-Siena College poll found the vast majority of NYC likely voters favor creating more public charter schools. The families of these charter students understand what’s at stake with the next NYC schools chancellor, and this past October, thousands of students, parents and teachers marched across the Brooklyn Bridge in support of the city’s charter schools.
“We hope Farina will listen to these voters and families and continue to support public charter schools,” Phillips said.
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network
The Northeast Charter Schools Network is a regional advocacy organization for the more than 200 charter schools in New York and Connecticut. Its mission is to support and expand high-quality charter schools in the region so that all students can receive a great public education.
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