Bill de Blasio, the Democratic nominee for mayor of New York City, wants to charge rent on charter schools who use space in public school buildings. With de Blasio leading in the polls, charter school operators are beginning to plan for life under a mayor that is hostile to their profession.
According to WNYC, many charter schools are worried about being able to stay open if de Blasio were to charge rent on their schools:
But charter operators, from the smallest to the largest, said paying rent would be devastating. The privately managed schools get state funds, per-pupil, for operations, not for facilities. And those that operate in New York City are required to be non-profit organizations.