Approving Chips and Charters
February 25th, 2010

Approving Charters and Chips

It was by all accounts, another raucous Panel on Educational Policy meeting last night. This time the issue was allocation of school space — largely putting charter schools in building already occupied by regular public schools — and most of those who came to the microphone, according to the Daily News, backed the Department of Education’s plans.

Not surprisingly the Panel of Educational Policy largely did too, though it did, apparently, postpone plans to place Eagle Academy, an all-male school for grades six through twelve, in IS 59 in Queens after it fell one vote short of the seven needed to approve the proposal.

Last night’s hearing came after months of arguments about school space throughout the city, with some accusing the Department of Education of pitting parents against parents — conventional schools vs. charters — in the drive for precious classrooms. Earlier this week, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and several City Council members called for a moratorium on co-locations and for an independent panel to review allocations of space.

Although charters receive public money, it cannot go for facilities, a restriction that has prompted the Bloomberg administration, big fans of charter school, to give them space. (For more on these issues, see Charter Schools Enter Uncharted Waters.)

While last night’s meeting was a victory for charter supporters, it represented a stunning defeat for lovers of home-backed brownies. The panel unanimously approved a policy that would ban home-backed goodies from school bakesales in favor of such toothsome treats as individually sized portions of Doritos.

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