Chancellor Merryl Tisch said she’s concerned that forcing publicly-funded charter school to pay rent for sharing space in public school buildings, as the Democratic mayoral nominee has proposed, could stymie growth and innovation.
“Anything that you do that makes it prohibitive for charter schools to grow and thrive in New York City is not a great way to proceed,” Tisch said. “I’m sure charter school operators are paying attention to campaign rhetoric.”
She added: “I want New York to be a place where charter schools grow and thrive. Charter schools are public schools. Charter schools have been a valuable alternative to failing schools. They’ve been a valuable part of rebuilding public schools.”
Three things to say here:
First charter schools are not public schools.
They are private schools owned and operated by private interests but funded by the public dime.
If Eva Moskowitz can claim the state cannot audit how she uses her state-provided money in her charter school operations, then she is not running public schools.
It is that simple.
Second, de Blasio has said he will charge charters rent on a sliding scale.
This means a wealthy charter chain like Eva Moskowitz's rapidly expanding and well-connected Success charters will pay significantly more in rent than one lone charter without a bunch of hedge fund managers sitting on its board.
This will not "stifle innovation."
It may stifle growth, but considering Moskowitz's charter chain is growing like cancer, that's not such a bad thing.
She'll still be able to expand her charter chain, however.
It just won't come at a five to six school clip a year anymore.
Third, aren't you glad Bill Thompson didn't win the Democratic primary for mayor?
Tisch was his campaign co-chair.
You can bet Thompson wouldn't have been pushing ed policies that would piss off his campaign co-chair.
But Bill de Blasio can and is.
And that's a good thing.
That Tisch feels the need to attack de Blasio even before the election over the charter school rent plan shows you how threatened these people feel post-Bloomberg.
That's also a good thing.