Tell NYC Officials: Don't Decrease Charter School Space
  • Petitioned Council Member Ruben Wills

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Council Member Ruben Wills
Council Member Letitia James
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.
Council Member Stephen Levin
Council Member Erik Martin Dilan
Council Member Mark Weprin
State Senator Eric Adams
State Senator Tony Avella
State Senator Bill Perkins
Assembly Member Alan Maisel
Council Member Charles Barron
Council Member Robert Jackson

Tell NYC Officials: Don't Decrease Charter School Space

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For many disadvantaged families, public charter schools are their children’s only chance for a good education. But last year, more than 50,000 N.Y. students were turned away from public charter schools due to a lack of space. 

Now special interest groups have filed a lawsuit that threatens to close several existing public charter schools and to prevent others from enrolling new students. 

If it's successful, the lawsuit would further limit available spaces for N.Y. students in public charter schools! 

Several of New York’s elected officials have signed on to the lawsuit. Their actions could mean denying thousands of kids access to a great education. 

In New York City, public charter schools enable tens of thousands of kids in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods to attend great schools. While public, these schools operate independently from the district and can offer innovative programs, such as longer school days, to meet the needs of the kids they serve.

We need more space in public charter schools, not less.

The elected officials who have taken this misguided stand need to hear from you.

Act today and ask them to remove their names from the lawsuit.

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    Reasons for signing

    • John Oliver ITHACA, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      Why should I sign a petition that doesn't equally represent or even mention what the lawsuit is trying to accomplish? If it's just cutting costs, alright, but it could be doing some amazing overhaul of the system to help kids as well.

      Try to represent both sides, as they almost certainly both have legitimate reasons.

    • Benjamin Schuman BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      I was just trying to read this cause but I ended up clicking that I support it. I ABSOLUTELY do not support it. The push to increase limits on charter schools may do some good, but, more than anything else, it is a ploy designed to destroy our public schools system and the power of public sector unions.

      I could go on, but for more information, see THE DEATH AND LIFE OF THE GREAT AMERICAN SCHOOL SYSTEM by Diane Ravitch. Charter schools are a great option to have, but they are not generally superior to public schools, and the reason they are being so heavily promoted these days has nothing to do with the public good.


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