CEO and founder of Explore Schools, Morty Ballen, writes an opinion piece clarifying the misconception that charter schools are corporations. Ballen stresses that charter schools should not pay rent as they are public schools, educating “public-school students, in public-school buildings, with public dollars.”
In the New York Post, he writes:
Without a doubt, a rent charge could have dire financial implications for our schools, but I’m more troubled by the feeling that our families are treated differently from other public-school parents and kids. It’s not right.
Students attending an Explore School are attending a public school — and, like the other 1.1 million public students in New York City, our students are entitled to have a roof over their head as they get the outstanding education they deserve.