Before leaving office, the Bloomberg administration is encouraging 23 charter schools to open or expand in NYC. The Department of Education wants to continue expanding school choice for parents and students while it is still possible. Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio has indicated he would significantly slow charter school growth if elected.
As reported by the New York Post:
Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott defended the 11th-hour actions as smart, sound planning to provide parents and kids with more options, and reward achievement.
“Over the last decade, we’ve transformed the landscape in city schools, giving parents more high-performing options than ever before and delivering historic gains for our students,” said DOE spokesman Devon Puglia.
“When public schools — be they district or charter — are delivering resounding results, we want to ensure their success continues.”