New York City’s Charter School Showdown Reignites National Debate on Privatized Education
The battle over charter schools is heating up after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio blocked three privately run charter schools from using rent-free space inside public schools. The city also announced it will cut $210 million in charter school construction funding and use the money toward universal pre-K and after-school programs. The moves have set off a fierce debate in New York and the country and have even pitted de Blasio against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a fellow Democrat.
Democracy Now! is joined by former public school teacher Brian Jones and Steve Barr, founder of the Green Dot Public Schools.
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