How New York’s mayor got steamrolled by his own governor and charter lobby
BY VALERIE STRAUSS
April 6 at 1:56 pm
If you doubt the power of the charter school movement, consider this: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, just slapped down New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, over the issue. Or, as education historian Diane Ravitch put it in this piece for the New York Review of Books blog:
How did a privately managed school franchise that serves a tiny portion of New York’s students manage to hijack the education reforms of a new mayor with a huge popular mandate?
The answer: Follow the money.
De Blasio has long made clear that unlike his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, he is not in love with the charter school movement. While campaigning last year, De Blasio said he wanted to stop co-locating charter schools in buildings with traditional public schools because he thought the latter got a raw deal. And he said he wanted to require charters already in co-locations to pay rent to the city. City voters elected him on this platform.
When he took office this year, De Blasio started down this track not realizing that an oncoming train would derail him. Who was on that train? Cuomo, the state legislature, wealthy Wall Street backers of charter schools and Eva Moskowitz, a charter school operator with whom de Blasio has long had tense relations.
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