ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Thursday that a legislative solution which could provide “co-location” of charter schools within traditional public schools is being discussed with legislative leaders.
Cuomo’s comments came a day after Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver questioned Cuomo’s ability to commit additional state money to charter schools to pay for classroom space.
Cuomo said charter schools are public schools and shouldn’t have to pay rent to operate outside traditional schools. Cuomo said requiring traditional public schools to provide available space to charter schools could be done by law, without additional spending.
“Co-location is not money … it’s policy,” Cuomo told public radio’s “Capital Pressoom” on Thursday.
Uh, no - finding space for new schools takes money, not just policy that Sheriff Andy shoves onto districts.
And since Sheriff Andy is very loathe to fully fund public schools already, this "legislative policy fix" Cuomo wants to have, enshrining charter school co-locations into law, will ultimately mean traditional public schools will get the shaft on funding.