On Monday’s Morning Joe on MSNBC, New York mayor Bill de Blasio faced criticism for his charter-school policy that will potentially force the closure of one school serving hundreds of low-income minority students and prevent the planned opening of two others.
De Blasio said that he has “never been against charter schools” and that they are part of the greater picture of education in New York City. However, on the campaign trail last fall he attacked Eva Moskowitz, the CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools, saying that “she has to stop being tolerated, enabled, supported,” and has since announced that he’ll target three of her schools by repealing their approval to co-locate in buildings with traditional district schools next year.
Over the course of de Blasio’s extended interview he repeatedly said that he would make a plan to find the three schools space for next year. But it’s been nearly two weeks since his surprise announcement that the schools would not have space for next year, and no plan has been forthcoming. As of now, the schools’ future is uncertain; if they’re not allowed to open their doors, it will leave hundreds of students with few other options than to attend a failing public district school.