State leaders reached a tentative deal on a charter school reform package that will increase per pupil spending and provide government-funded rent for the schools for the first time. Also under the deal, if a new charter approved by the city includes a request for space inside existing city buildings, the city would have five-months to make a “reasonable” co-location offer or pay for private space, the sources said.
If the state government is going to provide rent or force co-location plus add extra cash to per pupil spending, are charter schools still "not public schools"?
Because Eva Moskowitz told the state comptroller to go #$%^ himself when he wanted to audit Success Academies and a judge agreed that charter schools are not public schools so the state comptroller had no jurisdiction over Eva's (or any charter's) finances.
Given all the goodies Eva and the charter operators get now, they certainly should be subject to state audit.
But remember, accountability is only for public schools.
No word on whether SUNY can force charter co-locations in this deal.
Right now, it's reported that it's only if the city approves a new charter that wants to be co-located in a public school building that the city has to come up with a "reasonable" co-location offer or pay the rent of that charter.
We'll have to see the details in full.
But it looks like Eva and the charter entrepreneurs got everything they wanted.