MAYOR DE BLASIO'S DECISION TO HALT COLOCATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2/27/2014

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STATEMENT FROM NEW YORK CITY CHARTER SCHOOL CENTER ON MAYOR DE BLASIO'S DECISION
TO HALT SELECT PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL COLOCATIONS

(New York, NY) Please attribute the following statement to New York City Charter School Center CEO James Merriman:

"Mayor de Blasio's recommendation to halt three public charter school co-locations and reduce the enrollment of a fourth is a disappointment for the students and their parents who have been looking forward to attending the school of their choice this fall," said James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Charter School Center. "Hundreds of families have applied for schools that are part of a charter school network with unmatched academic results that now will likely not open. Many more families who hoped for a new charter school option in the Bronx will face increased odds they will not win the lottery for a seat. And equally many families who were prepared to send their children to new district schools will have their choices overruled. All of these schools were ready to give children a rigorous education in safe environments; now it seems that they cannot."

"I am also troubled by the lack of transparency in this process. It is hard to believe that an administration that constantly urges stakeholder engagement did not hold one meeting with affected families before making these recommendations. I hope the Panel on Educational Policy insists on a more consistent approach and votes not to accept these recommendations."

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