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The Call Blog: Mayor de Blasio Tours Middle School; Report Studies Charter School Transfers

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De Blasio's seems pretty set on making his pre-K and after school plan a reality, but what he needs to do now is start detailing that vision. After all, he does have the support is of the majority of New Yorkers, including many of our viewers who want to see universal pre-K and expanded after-school programs come to their neighborhood.

One day after meeting with Governor Cuomo in Albany, Mayor Bill de Blasio toured a middle school in the Bronx to drum up support for one of his signature education policies. De Blasio joined Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina at the Bronx School of Young Leaders to push for a tax on the wealthy to fund after-school programs at middle schools and universal pre-Kindergarten.

De Blasio's tour came the same day the New York City Independent Budget Office released a three-year study on the transfer rate of 10,000 elementary school students at traditional public schools and charter schools. The report found 70 percent of students attending charter schools remained in the same school three years later, compared with 61 percent of students attending nearby traditional public schools.

The IBO found the higher rate was consistent when compared to gender, poverty, race/ethnicity and English learner status, but not with special education students. In fact, only 20 percent of students requiring special services remained in the same school after three years.

Why do you think special education children are leaving charter schools with such frequency? How do school transfers affect the ability to learn in the classroom? Are there enough after-school programs in your neighborhood? Do you think Mayor de Blasio's public relations efforts will make a difference in Albany?

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So-called special-ed students should be kept completely separate from normal students. They don't have a chance of ever reaching the level of normal students.

With de Blasio in charge, schools will begin to decline in quality and performance.

Port Richmond

Mayor Diblasio will make a big difference in Albany because he know how to get the job done he's good with public relations, Albany, the Mayor and school's chancellor need to work together to make sure all the schools have UPK and after school programs for the kids. All kids should know how to use a computer and get on the internet. Student transfers affect the ability to learn because the student might be learning something different in the other school. the parents have to help their kids if they need help when they get home help them with their homework if they need it they just feel left out if they dont know something. always remember the kids are our future one of them might be president one day.

Upper West Side

Congrats on beginning your 2nd year with the one hour format. Keep up the great work.

Bay Terrace

What has happened to the NYC educational system was caused by our inept leaders and I do not see an end in sight. It started with Mayor Dinkins and wh knows where it will end.

Park Hill

I have no idea where to go with all of this tonight. This DeBlasio is already a
question mark to me. Didn’t DeBlasio and Co. know the situation before he
made his trip to Albany. The chancellor knew the problems long before she
accepted this assignment and did not go along with it and subsequently she
resigned from her post in the Bloomberg administration. Yet DeBlasio had
numerous closed door meetings with his hand picked speaker and with other
council members which was nothing more than campaigning for her and that
is not a good thing. His first agenda was to ban the Horse drawn carriages
in New York City.
Not inspiring at all = Very discouraging !!!!!
How will they undo this mess which is what it really is and
this Mayor seems to feel that throwing good money after bad will solve
the problems.

Morris Park

This is very dangerous game the mayor is playing. What happens when costs rise for these programs? If we allow him to impose this tax the income level taxed will go lower and lower until the middle class is taxed for these programs. What about cutting other spending first?


The reason why Charter schools have such a high turnover of Special Education students is because these schools don't want this population of student to affect their data (i.e., test scores, etc). Public schools cannot turn away or encourage children to leave because they have special needs. Therefore, public schools are educating all of the studengs that the charters find challenging to educate. This is being done using public school monies, so the Mayor in within his and our rights to have them pay something.

Cambria Heights

EVERYONE should pay some tax, not just the rich. I don't care if it's only $1.00 a week, everyone has a responsibility to contribute something for the good of our city and it's citizens.

Todt Hill

I think Mayor DeBlasio is on the right track in his efforts to promote UPK.
He has alot of work ahead of him lobbying and trying to convince city & state legislators that this the right thing to do for all children that would benefit.
Charter Schools is the right path in good education and I support it.
There is too much politics in traditional schools and is behind compared to other states and countries. KIDS are lacking, have to many days off and don't learn enough which is the end result and that teachers love it.


I would just like to point out that there are huge differences in zoned schools as well when it comes to accomodating special needs. Some do it better than others. My son transferred from his zoned school to a magnet school that could meet his needs better, and this was at the advice of his original school. So I guess you could say he was "counciled out"

Carroll Gardens

Its time for more parents to get involved in the Public Schools and become knowledgable of the A 660 Rule Book

Charter schools are great. They are hard to get into however they are successful because they can do and say more than public schools can. They place demands on parents to be participants in their child's education. They also embrace students and their challenges. Although they are still learning his to help them all succeed.

As for preK, if you don't address the children already coming in with less knowledge than expected in Kindergarden you won't ever get ahead with common core learning standards.

Sadly "all" schools should be good. Parents and students shouldn't have to search for a good school.


Is it true that hedge fund groups are heavily behind charter schools? Has anyone asked really WHY?

With a sweep stakes involved with providing an quality education one has to wonder who are they talking about children or objects?

Charter schools are divisive in communities that struggle with decent schools preferring one child to the other, instead of one standard for all. They are part of the larger problem. Creating an attitude of selfishness amongst parents whose children live in the same neighborhood. Counterproductive in the long run.


I am a high school special education teacher at a charter school in the Bronx. We take EVERY student who comes through our door, regardless of race, disability, socio-economic background, etc. In fact, I work with more than a dozen students from who came to us from D75 schools and all of these students are showing results. Its all about the dedication of the teachers, the students, and the parents. We believe all students will learn and will succeed and we will work tirelessly to make sure students can be college and career ready.

Bottom line: It is the dedication of everyone involved in the students' education. That is what makes us different from traditional public schools.


In response to Ni in Harlem's comment about Charter School teachers being more dedicated than Public School teachers is offensive. As a proud Public School teacher my colleagues and I are extremely dedicated to our students. Charter School teachers are more than likely just as dedicated however, Charter School teachers are working with more dedicated parents than we deal with in public school. I am a proud product of NYC Public Schools and as a teacher I make sure my students are college and career ready on a daily basis. Not to mention Public Schools have been doing less with more for a long time.


I applaud Mayor De Blasio for also pushing for more funding for middle school Afterschool programs. Every year the local CBOs that run afterschool programs tells us that budget cuts will eliminate our positions. As a bilingual special Ed daytime middle school teacher and afterschool educator I can attest to the invaluable services my mostly bilingual and sp. Ed students get as part of my NASA/Robotics and boatbuilding club.

Washington Heights

I think the new administration should do a comprehensive review of all salaried teachers. Not their pedagogy but their location and how many hours per day in the classroom. I think it will come as a huge surprise to many that there are people all over the DOE and district offices who are listed as teAchers but haven't seen the inside if a classroom in years. Put some of these people back in the classroom and I believe they would solve their budget issues without raising taxes.

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