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During the New York City Mayoral election, then candidate Bill de Blasio vowed to promote the city’s public school system and take a close look at the resources and support going to charter schools. His Republican opponent, Joe Lhota, fervently criticized de Blasio’s intentions to slow down the growth of charter schools.
The debate surrounding the fate of New York City charter schools should instead shift to focus on how to improve the entire education system that encompasses the charter school system, which currently serves over 50,000 New York City students
. Without an important shift in dialogue, the fate of education for low-income children will continue to suffer.
Direct Service Implications
The potential for the closing of schools and relocation of students raises serious concerns and issues around the success and well-being of young people. As the de Blasio administration argued when deciding to keep schools open during particularly bad weather this winter, for many of the most vulnerable New Yorkers, schools are an important, dependable, and safe place for students to be.
Courtesy of McSilver Institute of Poverty Policy and Research who has kindly given SJS permission to syndicate this piece.
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