New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch is concerned about Bill de Blasio’s stance on charter schools.
De Blasio has stated that he wants to charge rent for charter schools in public school buildings.
As reported by the New York Post, Tisch is a supporter of charter schools that expand choices for NYC families:
“Anything that you do that makes it prohibitive for charter schools to grow and thrive in New York City is not a great way to proceed,” Tisch said. “I’m sure charter school operators are paying attention to campaign rhetoric.”
She added: “I want New York to be a place where charter schools grow and thrive. Charter schools are public schools. Charter schools have been a valuable alternative to failing schools. They’ve been a valuable part of rebuilding public schools.”
Mayor Bloomberg has provided free space to most of the 183 charters serving 70,000 students, allowing the schools to operate in city buildings alongside traditional public schools.