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De Blasio Strikes Conciliatory Tone on Charter Schools in Speech at Riverside Church

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Mayor de Blasio says he should have done a better job explaining his decision to pull the approvals for several charter school co-locations, but stands by his opinion that the current education system promotes inequality.

The mayor made the comments Sunday during an education speech at Riverside Church.

His decision to deny three charter schools space in buildings that already house public schools has generated a lot of heat from charter school advocates. During his appearance Sunday he said he should have explained his motivations better and stressed that he wants existing charter schools to succeed.

However in the speech de Blasio also indicated that the way city charter schools are currently managed maintains a status quo of education inequality.

Charters operate privately but use public funding.

The mayor says there is an opportunity for advocates to work together with the city to improve the system for all students.

"Despite the good efforts of so many, the school system is still broken in so many ways," he said. "Our brothers and sisters in the charter movement point to this reality. And I acknowledge that many people of good will in that movement are trying to shake the foundations, and we will work with them in good faith. But we need to find solutions for the whole, and the original notion".

Riverside Church is just blocks away from Success Academy Middle School, which had its co-locations approval revoked.

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