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Harlem Charter Students Appear on "Morning Joe" as Debate Continues

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Students from Success Academy Harlem Middle School were featured Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" amid an ongoing debate over the school's future.

The students joined their principal for a segment on the morning show to showcase their math, science, and chess skills.

Last month, Mayor Bill de Blasio was met with strong criticism from Success Academy officials after he said three of their schools could no longer co-locate in public school buildings this fall.

The mayor and schools chancellor now say they will find space for the 194 students displaced by the decision, but the principal says there's still a lot of uncertainty.

"We are encouraged by the mayor's comments. We would love to hear specifically what the solution is, we want to make sure we can stay together. But we are encouraged," said Harlem Success Academy Principal Andrew Malone.

Meanwhile, parents are taking legal action.

They filed a federal lawsuit against the city's Department of Education and submitted two complaints with the State Education Department Monday.

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