New York City charter school war could go national

Thursday, April 3, 2014

New York City's celebrated new mayor and the state's famous governor just hammered out a truce over charter schools that most people probably assume only matters in that state. They are wrong.

The drama started when the ultra-liberal mayor, Bill de Blasio, decided to crack down on charter schools— publicly funded, independently operated schools that he considers a threat to traditional schools. Then, the centrist liberal governor, Andrew Cuomo, mounted a strong defense of charters, not only blunting the attack but also boosting funding for charters. A win-win for Cuomo and charters.

That fact that a governor like Andrew Cuomo, someone mentioned as a future presidential contender, came out so strongly in support of charter schools is something that won't go unnoticed nationally.

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