Selected readings on US charter schools
Bill de Blasio: Mr. de Blasio would seek to slow the growth of charter schools by charging them rent to use space in existing school buildings. He would end the practice of closing low-performing public schools, which has historically opened up valuable real estate for use by charters. He said that, instead of assisting charter schools, he would focus resources on improving traditional public schools and expanding access to health care and social services.
John C. Liu: Mr. Liu has said that charter schools have divided communities and made students in neighboring schools feel like “second-class citizens.” He would seek to reduce the number of charter schools in the city, but he would make exceptions for schools run by some community groups. “Corporate-type charter schools have created more disruption than educational value,” he said.
Christine C. Quinn: Ms. Quinn is unapologetic in her support for charter schools. She wants to expand their number over the next several years. But she has also called for giving communities more say in choosing sites for charter schools, and she has pushed for a deeper analysis of enrollment trends.
William C. Thompson Jr.: Mr. Thompson, although endorsed by the city’s teachers’ union, has departed from union orthodoxy and described himself as a supporter of charter schools. “They provide an opportunity to scale up new ideas,” he said. But he was careful in his choice of words, saying he would not close low-performing public schools for the sake of opening new charter schools.
Anthony D. Weiner: Mr. Weiner has often lamented the heated political battles surrounding charter schools in New York. As mayor, he has said, he would seek to mediate the conflict among parents, teachers, and charter school operators. He supports adding more charter schools where space is available.
John A. Catsimatidis: Mr. Catsimatidis is a vocal proponent of charter schools. He said the city should work to accommodate the more than 50,000 children on waiting lists to get into charter schools. “There is obviously a demand,” he said.
Joseph J. Lhota: Mr. Lhota has offered the most expansive vision for charter schools: he would seek to double the number in New York. He has called it disgraceful that a large number of children remain on waiting lists for charter schools, and he has said the city should try to secure more classroom space for charter schools in shuttered Catholic school buildings.
Excerpted from The New York Times piece by Javier Hernandez