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Petitioning Council Member Ruben Wills and 11 others

Tell NYC Officials: Don't Decrease Charter School Space


23,598
Supporters

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.

Letter to
Council Member Ruben Wills
Council Member Charles Barron
Assembly Member Alan Maisel
and 9 others
State Senator Bill Perkins
State Senator Tony Avella
State Senator Eric Adams
Council Member Mark Weprin
Council Member Erik Martin Dilan
Council Member Stephen Levin
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.
Council Member Letitia James
Council Member Robert Jackson
Last year, 50,000 N.Y. students were turned away from public charter schools due to lack of space. For many disadvantaged families, public charter schools are their children’s only chance for a good education. New York needs more quality public school options.

That is why I ask that you remove your name from the lawsuit that threatens to close several existing public charter schools and to prevent others from enrolling new children. This action is tantamount to condemning thousands of kids to failing schools who otherwise would have an opportunity at a great education.

I ask you to do what is right for New York students and to support more quality public school options for New York families, not fewer.