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Mayor Bill de Blasio set aside $5.4 million a year in the budget to pay for space in private buildings for three Success Academy charter schools over the next four years. That amounts to more than $11,000 in rent for each child expected to be enrolled next year, but becoming less per student as the schools add enrollment. The de Blasio administration's initial rollback of these charter schools, part of a network founded by Eva Moskowitz, led Albany to pass a law mandating that the City find space for charter schools at public buildings or pay their rent in a privately-owned location. Currently, 183 charters serve 70,918 students.

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In an op-ed, Lucas Anderson argues against the use of solitary confinement, citing its long-term effects on inmates, among several other reasons for opposition.

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