New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio yesterday made statements regarding charter school co-locations, saying that he would enact “co-location guidelines” that he will want charter schools to follow.
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Northeast Charter Schools Network Responds to
Bill de Blasio Statements on Charter School Co-locations
Albany, NY – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio yesterday made statements regarding charter school co-locations, saying that he would enact “co-location guidelines” that he will want charter schools to follow. He has not yet detailed the co-location guidelines, despite the fact that the deadline has likely passed for finding space for some schools, and still other applications will require a decision later this fall.
Northeast Charter Schools Network President Kyle Rosenkrans today issued the following response to those statements.
"A deadline is a deadline, and Mayor de Blasio and his administration have a legal responsibility to find homes for eligible charter schools and their students in a timely manner. It’s not optional; it’s state law.
“We commend the Mayor for his speedy rollout of Universal Pre-Kindergarten. He should act with the same urgency in finding homes for charter students, who deserve no less. Both the UPK and charter laws were passed at the same time and should be implemented with equal speed.
“There’s no need to wait until the last minute or compel schools into litigation over the future home for their students.
“Moreover, we caution the Mayor to first consult the state charter school law before attempting to impose additional requirements on the city’s charters beyond what is set forth in law.”
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network: The Northeast Charter Schools Network is the membership association 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.
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