New York State Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos is outraged by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to cancel classroom space for three high-performing Success Academy charter schools.
According to the New York Post, one middle school in Harlem and two elementary schools, scheduled to open next year in Manhattan and Queens, are now homeless due to de Blasio's decision. Skelos is working to reverse this and keep the schools open:
“He’s robbing the opportunity for 600 mostly minority students from getting a quality education,” Skelos said. “We will have conversations with the objective to keep these schools open.”
Skelos noted that the Harlem Academy’s fifth-graders had the highest math scores in the entire state.
“Why would you pull the rug out from under a school whose students are achieving? To not allow them a path to continue is just wrong. It’s appalling.”