New York City charter schools have scored a big victory, thanks to a tentative agreement struck in Albany.

The New York Post says the city will be required to search for space in public schools where charters could be co-located.  The city would not be able to charge the charter schools rent, as Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to do.

If there is no space available, the charter schools would be eligible for government funds to lease space in private buildings.  That could cost the city upwards of $40 million a year.

Mayor de Blasio would also be required to find space for the three charter schools that are being removed from public schools.

"The governor stuck it to de Blasio," said a source.

Advocates for charter schools praised the actions.

"New York public charter school parents spoke loud and clear over the last several months, and we are heartened that the budget deal negotiated by the governor and the legislature takes steps towards the growth of the charter sector over the next several years and ensures its immediate survival," said James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Charter School Center.


Source:  New York Post

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