This is Cuomo’s chance to prove he’s ‘the students’ lobbyist’
He’s back! No, we don’t mean Tiger Woods (who won his first major in 11 years on Sunday), but Gov. Cuomo, who now wants to lift the cap on the city’s charter schools. That’s great news for city kids.
“We support raising this artificial cap,” senior Cuomo adviser Richard Azzopardi told The Post on Sunday, adding that “the Legislature needs to agree as well.”
Cuomo once called himself “the students’ lobbyist” and championed charters, despite heat from the teachers unions. Since then, though, he has been less vocal — until now.
Azzopardi is right, of course, about the Legislature: The cap is part of state law; both the Senate and the Assembly have to agree to lift it. And that’s a problem.
Many Democratic lawmakers put their alliance with the teachers unions over the interests of kids. And the union bosses pressure them to limit charters’ growth, if not squash them entirely. That’s why the state has a cap on charters at all.
Worse, Dems now control both houses of the Legislature, and some freshman members are even more pro-union, anti-charter and anti-kid than the ones they replaced.
Sen. John Liu (Queens), for example, has said he wants to “get rid” of large charter networks in the city. Robert Jackson (Manhattan) will only back charters if they unionize. What perverted priorities.
Folks know charters offer kids hope for a better education.
That’s why more than 50,000 families are on waiting lists for charter seats. Yet unless the cap is raised, no new charters can open in the city.
Given the opposition, Cuomo is going to have to use every lever at his disposal to get lawmakers to do the right thing. Go for it, Governor: This is your chance to prove you’re an effective “students’ lobbyist.”
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