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April 24, 2019
New York City charter school rent payments set to climb 54 percent this year
The total cost is projected to reach $80 million this fiscal year, up from $52 million last year — a 54 percent increase.
clashes in the space wars
September 21, 2015
Charter leaders continue to battle de Blasio over space in public school buildings
At the heart of their criticism is the battle for limited space in city-owned buildings, which the de Blasio administration has been reluctant to offer to charters.
clashes in the space wars
April 30, 2015
Success Academy co-location exposes fault lines among de Blasio’s allies
The specific, contentious co-location scenario involving Success Academy encapsulates a number of complicated problems the education department is facing.
after the appeals
April 29, 2015
City set to begin paying millions for charter-school rent under new law
The city is getting ready to cut its first checks to charter schools that are paying for their own space, which could cost up to nearly $10 million this year.
January 27, 2015
Tensions still simmering around two co-locations set for vote
The concerns and occasional hostility voiced at the hearings offer a reminder of the discord that can come from the city's policy of co-locating schools, even as the de Blasio administration has committed to reducing those tensions.
January 23, 2015
Success Academy challenges city over pre-K space
In what could be a prelude to another round of space battles with the de Blasio administration, the Success Academy charter school network said…
change of plans
January 8, 2015
Success Academy cancels its plans to open new schools in 2015
The Success Academy charter-school network is abruptly halting expansion plans for the upcoming school year, a move that will allow the network to sidestep a series of co-location battles in the coming months.
December 18, 2014
Success Academy stands down after city says it will accommodate space needs
The city said it would offer space to Success Academy, allowing the de Blasio administration to skirt a new battle with the charter-school chief.
November 14, 2014
Sidestepping cap issue, independent charters to push for facilities funding
Next Tuesday, charter-school advocates will call for the state to provide facilities funding for existing schools, setting the stage for one piece of the sector’s upcoming fight for more favorable legislation.
the new space wars
June 6, 2014
As charter sector continues to swell, a space dilemma grows for de Blasio
Mayor Bill de Blasio is in an increasingly difficult position, given the continued growth of charter schools—which city officials do not control—and new charter school legislation that will make co-locations financially advantageous.
April 8, 2014
Tensions flare, then subside, after Success pressures city on charter school placement
The city and charter school officials are in negotiations over where to put nearly 200 students whose middle school's space-sharing plans were nixed more than a month ago. The talks nearly spilled over into the public this week, but tensions quickly subsided.
February 27, 2014
Kept from moving to another site, a Success school is evicted from its current one
The city’s reversal of space-sharing plans includes a growing middle school that whose fifth and sixth graders might have to start looking for a new school soon. The school is also be evicted from their current school at the end of the year.
May 2, 2012
Parents contest charter schools proposed for crowded District 2
A hearing about Success Academy's proposed expansion into District 2 drew a standing-room-only crowd Tuesday evening. A public hearing to discuss Success Academy’s bid to open two new charter schools in Manhattan’s District 2 next year was dominated by angry residents who said the district’s schools are too crowded to share space. Parents from the district and members of its elected parent council said they opposed the proposal from the charter network because the district — which includes the Upper East Side down through Greenwich Village, Tribeca, and Lower Manhattan — is already overcrowded. The council passed resolutions at the end of March calling for Success Academy to find its own building instead of moving into existing public schools and for a moratorium on charter school applications in the district. “You can come in if you’re invited, but if the families are saying don’t come in, I don’t think you should come in,” said Shino Tanikawa, president of the Community Education Council for District 2. Tanikawa said she thinks of charter schools as “vampires.” Most parents at the public hearing had children enrolled in one of the six schools located at the Julia Richman Education Complex on the Upper East Side or P.S. 158, whose co-located school, P.S. 267, is set to depart for its own space in September. “What you’re essentially trying to do if you want to get into the complex is put 14 pounds of sand in a 10 pound bag,” said Guy Workman, whose daughter attends Talent Unlimited High School in the Richman Complex. Widespread crowding is nothing new in District 2, and neither is criticism of Success Academy schools: The charge that it should find its own space has followed the network, which is run by former City Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz, virtually wherever it has sought to open.
November 30, 2011
Brooklyn parents bring concerns to heated co-location hearing
Judy O'Brien, the librarian at two schools in the building the city has proposed for a new charter school, speaks against the co-location plan. (Video below.) Tensions ran high at the city's first charter school co-location hearing of the year Tuesday night as advocates and opponents of the city's plan to open a new Success Academy school in Brownstone Brooklyn packed the proposed site. Officials from the Department of Education and SUNY's Charter School Institute defended plans to add Brooklyn's third Success Charter Network school to a four-story Cobble Hill building that already houses three other schools, saying that the building has space for all four schools. The charter school would admit 80 to 90 kindergarten and first-grade students in 2012 and grow by one grade per year until becoming a kindergarten through 5th-grade school. According to the DOE official in charge of new schools, Deputy Chancellor Marc Sternberg, enrollment at the charter school would ultimately increase to somewhere between 500 and 640 students, and the total number of students in the building would climb to 1,400 or more. "That would bring the school to 108 percent occupancy," he said. In response, a member of the sometimes-rowdy audience who said he was a teacher and was later ejected by police after he shouted inappropriate words called out, "Where do you want the kids to learn, the bathrooms? Where do the other 8 percent go to class?"
November 29, 2011
Showdown set for year's first charter school co-location hearing
Many of the attendees who lined up outside Brooklyn Tech for last February's Panel for Educational Policy meeting came to protest the creation of a Success Academy Charter School on the Upper West Side. Back-to-back rallies set for this afternoon augur a contentious co-location hearing for the newest outpost in the Success Charter Network. The creation of Cobble Hill Success Academy, which won approval earlier this year to open next fall in Brooklyn's District 13, has sparked conflict in District 15, the location of the school's proposed site. Advocates and critics of the city's plan to co-locate the charter school with two secondary schools and a special education program will lay out their cases during tonight's public hearing — and beforehand, in rallies set for outside the Baltic Street building. The public hearing is the first of the year and ushers in a season of rancorous co-location hearings. Some families have lamented crowding in high-performing local elementary schools and said they would appreciate new options. But others say they are worried that the new school would strain resources at the proposed site without effectively serving the high-needs populations it was originally intended to serve. Cobble Hill Success's promise to serve low-income, immigrant families in District 13 was a boon to its application, according to Pedro Noguera, an education professor who green-lighted the school's original application as a member of the State University of New York's Charter Schools Institute. "We have tried to take the position recently that we can put charter schools where there is clearly a need for better schools for kids, so targeting the more disadvantaged communities. We have also seen the areas that are a saturation of charter schools, so we want to encourage them to open in areas that have a high need and aren't being served," said Noguera, who will be participating in an education debate this evening in the West Village. "A school in Cobble Hill clearly does not meet that criteria."
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