If you thought former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was a tyrant, you should see his replacement. The people of New York voted in Democrat Bill de Blasio who is turning out to be more of a socialist tyrant than Bloomberg ever was.
His latest attack is aimed at the charter schools in New York that have a much higher success rate than the public schools do. There are twenty-two Success Academy charter schools in New York City with 6,700 students. Under former Mayor Bloomberg, an agreement was reached with Success Academy founder Eva Moskowitz to have charter schools occupying the same buildings that some of the public schools use. Mayor de Blasio insists that this cannot continue, saying:
“There’s no way in hell that Eva Moskowitz should get free rent.”
Mayor de Blasio cancelled the agreement made with Bloomberg to open three more Success Academy schools this fall and one that had just opened. His actions impact 700 students. He has also said that he is looking into the options of cancelling the contracts of all of the charter schools that use public school buildings. In a profile on Moskowitz, the Wall Street Journal stated:
“The 6,700 students at her 22 Success Academy Charter Schools are overwhelmingly from poor, minority families and scored in the top 1% in math and top 7% in English on the most recent state test…”
“In the six weeks since taking office, Mr. de Blasio has …cut all funding for charter-school construction after 2015. He announced a ‘moratorium’ on putting new charters inside existing schools. He is considering ways to roll back 25 co-locations already approved for the next school year, including 10 Success Academies.”
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