Alliance for a Quality Education writes:
NEW YORK (June 18, 2015) – Senator Flanagan has proposed a bill that contradicts his previous statements regarding charter schools and whether or not state legislators should be concerned with them at all.
“Why don’t we go to the root of the problem and fix traditional public education?” Senator Flanagan told Capital Pro in November. “That’s where our energy should go, not in an ever-increasing number of charters.”
However, in a dramatic flip-flop Senator Flanagan’s newest bill (Bill S5973-2015) would result in 160 new charter schools by merging the New York City cap and the statewide caps into one. In addition he would allow the charters for failed charter schools to be reissued to create more new charter schools—currently the charters for failed charter schools expire. Flanagan’s bill also proposes that any public school that becomes a charter will not be counted under the cap. Flanagan’s demand for more charter schools is one of the major issues gridlocking Albany right now.
“Senator Flanagan is shifting his focus from the most pressing issue of repairing our existing public education system towards charters that do not serve the neediest students and do they perform better. That is a classic flip flop,” said Zakiyah Ansari, Advocacy Director for the Alliance for Quality Education. “It’s a shame that Flanagan has reneged on what he knows is right, and that is focusing on the majority of our students.”
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