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Charters Call for Real Leadership on Co-Location

Publication Date: 
Thursday, January 31, 2013

Prior to yesterday's mayoral debate on education, leaders representing 47 charter schools and three support organizations issued the following statement:

STATEMENT ON PUBLIC SCHOOL CO-LOCATION AND THE MAYORAL ELECTION

As the mayoral candidates gather to discuss education policy, we call on Bill de Blasio, William Thompson, and John Liu to set aside the call for a moratorium on co-locations and show the kind of thoughtful leadership New York City needs. Co-location allows for smaller schools, both district and charter, providing additional choices for families. And while there is certainly room for improvement, the answer isn't simply to end a policy that has benefited hundreds of thousands of public school students. It's time for our candidates to elevate the debate on this critical topic. Principals, teachers, parents, and most importantly children, are counting on it.

James Merriman
New York City Charter School Center

Harvey Newman
CEI-PEA

Jeremiah Kittredge
Families for Excellent Schools

Morty Ballen
Explore Schools

Richard Berlin
DREAM Charter School

Michael Catlyn
The Brooklyn Charter School

Genie DePolo
Manhattan Charter School

Katie Duffy
Democracy Prep Public Schools

Stacey Gauthier
The Renaissance Charter School

Franklin Headley
VOICE Charter School

Rafiq R. Kalam Id-Din II
TFOA-Professional Preparatory Charter School

Allison Keil
Community Roots Charter School

Nancy Kurz
Beginning with Children Foundation

Chastity Lord
Achievement First Charter Schools

Barbara Martinez
Uncommon Schools

Charlene Reid
Bronx Charter School for Excellence

Matt Scott
Harlem Village Academies

Christina Tettonis
Hellenic Classical Charter School

Ira Victor
Grand Concourse Charter School

Steve Zimmerman
Academy of the City Charter School

Josh Zoia
KIPP NYC