Statement on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's Rollback of Charter School Co-Locations

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For Immediate Release: February 27, 2014
Contact: Bob Bellafiore, 518-928-8471, bob@stanhope-ny.com
 
Statement on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Rollback of Charter School Co-Locations
 
Albany, NY – Northeast Charter Schools Network President Bill Phillips issued the following statement in response to the de Blasio administration’s decision on public charter school co-locations:

“Clearly this decision is more about ideology and politics than solutions. City Hall is evicting children who want a seat in one of the most successful public school networks in the state. Now that Mr. de Blasio is mayor, you would think he’d want as many great public schools as possible. Instead, he’s shutting down opportunity and hope for underserved New York City children. It’s impossible to see how today’s decision is good for New York City children or good for the state. 

“Mayor de Blasio is using some of our neediest school children as pawns in a game of ideological retribution.”

“We look forward to taking the case to Albany next week so that the voices of the state’s 90,000 charter school students and their families, and the 50,000 more on waiting lists, can be heard by New York State’s decision makers.”
Today’s decision comes on the heels of City Hall’s earlier declaration that it would strip $210 million in capital funds from the city’s charter schools at the end of January.
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.
 
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