Bloomberg lays out exciting charter vision

Bloomberg’s Plan lays out an exciting vision for 100 more NYC charters including new Children’s Zones in Brookly and the South Bronx. He asks for chancellor chartering authority (and having recently completed the NYC DOE review, I can vouch for the rigor of the process). He also proposes multicampus charters and streamlined renewal for proven operators. There are provisions to assist with charter facilities (which are helpful but short of the recognition that charters are public schools that should have full access to public facilities and bonding capacity). The legislature will need to lift the charter cap and modify the charter law to enact this plan.

Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is the CEO of Getting Smart. He has written or co-authored more than 50 books and papers including Getting Smart, Smart Cities, Smart Parents, Better Together, The Power of Place and Difference Making. He served as a public school superintendent and the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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