Selected readings on US charter schools
The stunning sum for this coming school year will nearly double the amount the city pays for a typical charter school student’s entire annual education, set by state law at $13,527, to above $24,000.
The city has set aside $5.4 million a year for the next four years to pay the rent for the three schools. The figures were first reported in The Wall Street Journal Thursday.
Success Academy founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz said she is glad that de Blasio found new sites for the schools, an arrangement that was mandated by the Legislature in a law passed after de Blasio booted them from public classrooms.
“We thought the original locations made sense, but we are grateful to the mayor for having found us alternative sites,” said Moskowitz, a former city councilwoman who has frequently clashed with de Blasio.
The schools will be housed in buildings belonging to the New York Archdiocese and the Brooklyn Diocese in Manhattan and Queens.
De Blasio officials said the princely sum they’ve ponied up for the charter school chain is squarely in line with typical costs for renting similar spaces for district schools.