New York charter wars enter a school safety phase

New York charter wars enter a school safety phase

With little new education policy expected in the remainder of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first term — and a quiet session on education concluding in Albany — the debate over traditional public schools versus charter schools has shifted to a new battleground: school safety.
The contentiousness of the debate was on full display over the last two weeks, as a pro-charter school group filed its second lawsuit alleging a “crisis” of violence in the city’s schools — after which leaders of the city’s education and police departments spent consecutive days reassuring reporters that city schools are safer than ever.

The dispute has been percolating for months, as union leaders, pro-charter groups, civil liberties advocates, parent leaders, students, teachers and principals have re-framed their ongoing debate about the quality of the city’s schools around the safety of the 1,800 schools run by the Department of Education.
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