The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools states it is outraged at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to limit school choice by “kicking out” four charter schools from their school buildings, leaving at least 700 children without a school in the coming school year.
In a press release Thursday, the charter schools advocacy group said that one of the charter schools is currently open and serving children, while the other three were scheduled to open this coming fall.
Among the schools is Success Academy, not only one of the top performing schools in New York City, but also in the entire state.
Nina Rees, President of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, said in thestatement:
Kicking one of the state’s top-performing schools out of its building and leaving three other schools without a building is nothing short of outrageous. At the school already serving children, Success Academy’s Harlem 4, 83 percent of the students passed the state math exam last year, putting it in the top one percent of all schools in the state. Why would anyone want to stop that kind of student achievement?
“This is an unjustified attack on the city’s most vulnerable youth—93 percent of students in charter schools in NYC are minorities and 73 percent are low-income,” said Rees. “Among the country’s 10 largest cities, all other mayors (8 of whom are Democrats) have embraced charter schools as a solution to urban education challenges. It is incomprehensible that Mayor de Blasio would intentionally force hundreds of children out of their schools. He is threatening to take away the most valuable thing we can give to our kids – a quality education.”
“These children and parents don’t deserve to have the rug pulled out from under their feet,” Rees added. “De Blasio should immediately reconsider this decision and put the interests of the city’s children first.”
In an interview with Breitbart News, Todd Ziebarth, Senior Vice President for State Advocacy and Support for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, said, “At a time when we have urban school districts clamoring for more public school options to close the achievement gap, Mayor de Blasio is going in the opposite direction.”