The mayor says he’s trying to find space for charters. The charter pioneer says he isn’t. Beyond their conflicting claims is a complicated debate over whether public schools have room, and the role charters are supposed to play there.
The ruling was more of a technicality than a decision on any substantive issues, noted education activists, who believe they will ultimately prevail.
They want the city to add more schools to a federal program that provides free lunch to all students. But the DOE may have good reason to move slowly.
For any school strategy to work, kids have to show up. And one in three children in the South Bronx misses a month of school every year.
Parents know a school is coming to 75 Morton Street. What they don’t know is where its students will come from.
Some say public schools have failed the poor. Others believe poverty is an obstacle that education alone can’t tackle. A new research center seeks to shape NYC’s education policy to recognize the way poverty affects young brains.
DOE is keeping the sessions closed while it appeals a judge’s order to open them up.
Some applauded the governor for slowing down to reconsider the way Common Core has been implemented. But others worry that Cuomo’s response to a revolt by upstate middle-class parents will only sew confusion for teachers, students and their families.