Appearing on Good Day New York yesterday, Assemblyman Vito Lopez (D - Brooklyn) talked about his reasons for supporting the charter schools bill that recently passed in the Senate.†
"The status quo hasn't worked. There has to be some creativity.... Parents in my district are actually moving out of my community. Some of them are using phony addresses to get into other kinds of schools."
"We're stepping out because we need that additional money... and we think this would be one way of creating an alternative that can work."
Note that Assem. Lopez's mention of New York finishing nearly last in Round 1 of the Race to the Top was a reference to the 16 finalist states. New York finished #15.