Showdown Over NYC Charter Schools Looms in Albany

NEW YORK (AP) -

A showdown over charter schools in New York City is looming in Albany as advocates for the schools plan to hold a rally at the state capital Tuesday just as Mayor Bill de Blasio is there pushing his tax hike-for-pre-kindergarten plan.

De Blasio on Thursday made good on a campaign promise to curb the growing charter school movement by reversing his predecessor’s 11th-hour decision to allow three schools free rent in public school buildings. The schools — which are taxpayer-funded but privately run — are part of the Success Academy Charter School system, helmed by de Blasio’s longtime political rival Eva Moskowitz.

De Blasio was dismissive of Moskowitz, simply saying she “has a right as an American citizen to do what she sees fit.”

Moskowitz is closing all 22 of her schools Tuesday so parents and students can join more than 85 other charter schools to rally in Albany just as de Blasio is there to make a late pitch for his proposal.

“Our ask is simple: Treat all public charter schools fairly,” said Jeremiah Kittredge, executive director of Families for Excellent Schools.