Inside the charter schools debate pitting de Blasio against Cuomo

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — This past week, Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio found themselves at odds again over another education issue—charter schools.

He told 7,000 people at a rally in Albany he’d do all in his power to save charter schools — high-performing schools that are seeing remarkable results among special needs children.

They were flourishing under the Bloomberg administration, many of them operating in public school buildings, but de Blasio has vowed to cut the number of charters co-locating on public property.

He began that action last week by booting almost 200 students from the success academy charter school operating out of P.S. 149 in Harlem. One of several such schools operated by long-time adversary Eva Moskowitz.  She is planning to fight the decision in court if necessary.

Morty Ballen is the founder and CEO of Explore Schools, a network of four high performing kindergarten through sixth grade charters in Central Brooklyn serving low-income African American and Latino children. He joins PIX11 News Closeup to help us better understand the charter schools issue.

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