De Blasio Softens Tone on Charters

NEW YORK (AP) -

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday softened his stance somewhat on the controversial charter school issue, admitting to “not measuring up when it came to explaining” his message.

He promised to find a new location for the 194 students at Success Academy run by his longtime political foe, former councilwoman Eva Moskowitz.

De Blasio had barred the academy and two other charter schools from locating in public schools. The academy filed a federal civil rights suit opposing the mayor’s decision.

He said children in all schools — public, charter and religious — “deserve a solution.”

De Blasio said Monday on public radio station WNYC that he will make it a “personal crusade” and a central goal of his administration to attract and retain good teachers.