Success Academy's Expansion Plans Put de Blasio in a Tough Spot
by Al Baker
New York Times (6/17/14)
A charter school network’s plan to double in size over the next few years could reignite a war over classroom space in New York City, only this time with the ground rules already tilted against the mayor...
Norm Fruchter, a mayoral appointee to a panel that votes on educational policy, conceded that the new law “created some really difficult problems” for the city, just as it is trying to find space for universal prekindergarten classes, relieve crowding and house classrooms that are now in trailers.
But he had not lost hope, he said.
“I think the administration has a number of things going, including a working group on space utilization, to try to relieve some of the problems that past co-locations have created,” said Mr. Fruchter, who is a senior policy analyst at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. “I have hopes that what they come up with will be of some use in the current situation.”