NYC Charter Schools Boss Threatens to Sue Mayor

Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 10:39 AM

By Drew MacKenzie

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The battle over New York City charter schools may end up in a courtroom showdown between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Eva Moskowitz, the head of the city’s largest charter schools operation.

Moskowitz has vowed to sue the liberal mayor if he follows through with his plan to reverse his predecessor’s plan allowing charters to share space with city schools, according to the New York Post.

"The mayor continues to play politics with our scholars’ future," Moskowitz, CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools and a former City Council member, said in a letter to her board members. "This is unacceptable.

"Despite our repeated efforts to reach out to this administration, we expect to hear announcements in the next two weeks that a few of our approved schools will not be allowed to open for growth.

"This would be tragic, unfair, and, we believe, illegal. As soon as those rollbacks/reversals are announced, we plan to take the appropriate legal action."

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg had given the go-ahead for 20 charter schools to co-locate or share space rent-free with traditional public schools in city buildings, according to the Post.

The legal threat is the latest maneuver in the contentious fight over Democrat de Blasio’s plan to divert $210 million from charter schools to fund his proposal that will extend pre-kindergarten programs to 70,000 young children.

The funding had previously been used as seed money by the Bloomberg administration to attract grants to help build eight to 10 new schools every four years, according to the Post.

"It’s a reflection of the city’s new priorities to shift resources from charter expansion to traditional public schools," said de Blasio’s spokesperson Marti Adams earlier this month.

But Moskowitz slammed the measure saying that the city needs to "replicate what's working, not attack what's working."

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