US Education Secretary Arne Duncan is putting the heat on Albany. He was in Brooklyn yesterday to tour several schools, including a privately managed charter school with high test scores. With Mayor Bloomberg at his side, he called on states to allow good charter schools to flourish.
"I understand that there are some honest disagreements among some of the parties here in New York. Let's be honest, it wouldn't be New York if there weren't some friendly disagreements," said Duncan
New York lost the first round of a federal funding contest in part because the state limits charter schools.
The deadline to apply for the second round is June first. The state senate passed a bill to allow more charters but the Assembly has yet to decide.
Duncan also used his appearance to urge Congress to approve $23 billion in additional school aid to prevent New York and other states from laying off teachers and making other cuts when the stimulus funds run out.