School reformers fight back against de Blasio

March 07, 2014 / Written By National Review

These are the 194 Harlem children who have been kicked out of their beloved school by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Thursday they starred in a full-page New York Times advertisement that seemed like the cap to a very bad week for the embattled mayor — until later in the day, when a poll pegged his approval rating at 39 percent, just four months after he swept into office with three-quarters of the vote.
The 194 children attend Harlem Central Middle School, a charter school in the Success Academy network of 22 high-performing New York City public schools founded by de Blasio’s longtime nemesis, Eva Moskowitz, a fellow Democrat who served with him on the City Council a decade ago. The mayor last month revoked the previous administration’s approval of the school’s plan to “co-locate” using excess space inside an ordinary public school on West 118th Street. The charter-school students must vacate their current building at the end of the school year and so are rendered educationally homeless by de Blasio’s decision. De Blasio also rescinded Mayor Mike Bloomberg–approved plans for two other Success Academy schools to open within ordinary public-school buildings in the fall.
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