“I think the charter school material is a little onerous on the city of New York, unprecedented compared to any other part,” Silver told reporters on the floor of the Assembly.
They are "onerous" - they give charter school operators in NYC (and only NYC) the right of unlimited expansion on the city's dime and there's nothing the city can do to stop them.
If Silver sees these so-called charter protections as "onerous," why did he agree to them?
We know Cuomo wanted them.
Probably Klein too.
But Silver could have put the kibbosh on them if he had so chosen and held the budget up.
He chose not.
So as "onerous" as these provisions are, once the budget is passed, they will now be law.
And the only thing that might change the issue a bit is a few years from now when Eva and Company completely abuse these expansion rights, the legislature may be forced to revisit these so-called charter protections.
That's what you've got to bank on - that the charter operators, in their immense hubris, screw this up by getting too greedy.
Not much to hang a hat on, is it?