Now that Bill de Blasio has become Mayor of New York City the ever expanding charter school program looks like it will be stopped in its tracks. The new Mayor campaigned as the anti-Bloomberg and wanted to stop charter school co-locations, expansions, and fund the public schools rather than increase funding to the charters. After a slow start the Mayor has taken his first steps to deliver on his campaign promise. The Mayor has authorized that $210 million dollars that was to go for charter school co-location costs be redirected into his emerging pre-Kindergarten program.
In response the pro-charter media, especially the New York Post has an article that interview parents who want the charter school programs fully funded and expanded. The article was co written by the anti-teacher and anti-union reporter Carl Campanile. I suspect the the editorial boards of the three newspapers will support the charter school movement during the next couple of weeks by pleading with the City not to halt the charter school expansion and employ the State to intercede on their behalf..
The next item on the Mayor's agenda will be the rent the City will demand of the charter schools for the 2014-15 school year. I also believe the hasty approved co-locations for the proposed charter schools by the Bloomberg Administration will largely be reversed and these schools will probably never open. The space will be given to the de Blasio per-Kindergarten program instead.
I predict that the inherit advantages that charter schools enjoyed under the Bloomberg administration will slowly disappear. These advantages include the following:
- Enjoying public funding while not following many of the State or City rules.
- Not taking students that need additional resources.
- Expelling students for behavior and/or academic issues.
- Consuling out students they don't want by threatening to hold them back.
- Focusing only on testable subjects to show imaginary success.
- Failure to back fill students when other leave.
and well financed charters will survive while paying rent to the City until they realize its better to get there own space. It will be very interesting to see all these charter school supporters crying that its unfair to the children. Of course, when it came to the 95% of public school children that suffered from inadequate resources because of the increasing amount of funding that went to the charter schools at the expense of the public schools, that didn't seem to matter to them.
Its about time that the worm has turned and now its the charter schools and their supporters that are crying the blues. Let the tear ducts keep producing water in the charter school movement.