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Cuomo and de Blasio battle over charter schools

Mar 05, 2014 12:05 am

Marc Santora in The New York Times reports that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took their battle over charter schools to Albany Tue., March 4. The Governor set up a rally a few blocks from de Blasio's group. "Mr. de Blasio has pledged to slow the growth of charter schools in New York City, and announced last week that he would block three schools from using space in traditional public school buildings," Santora writes. The move stirred unusual passion among charter school leaders, who have enlisted Cuomo in a battle royale now working out in the media and online. Even though the new mayor did allow several dozen other co-locations to remain, Cuomo saw an opening to do battle. “Parents deserve a choice,” he said at the rally March 4, promising that charter schools have the “financial capacity and physical space and government support to thrive and to grow.” After the theatrics, Cuomo and de Blasio met privately at the Capitol, which de Blasio described as “a very productive conversation.” Read the full story in The New York Times.