Cuomo’s budget guarantees free space or rent money only for new or expanding charter schools, leaving 67 existing city charters in privately owned buildings to shell out thousands per month for rent.
Dozens of city charter schools have been left out of Gov. Cuomo’s new state budget, forcing them to pinch pennies while other charters celebrate increased public funding.
Cuomo’s spending plan, passed by lawmakers March 31, guarantees free space or rent money only for new or expanding charter schools — leaving 67 existing city charters in privately owned buildings out of luck.
The principals who run those schools, which serve thousands of kids, called the arrangement a bum deal.
“It’s not fair,” said Neighborhood Charter School of Harlem Principal Brett Gallini, whose 204-student school rents a space from a local church and doesn’t benefit from the lavish corporate support enjoyed by Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy schools, which have free space in district schools. “We’re spending thousands on rent each month and the school down the block is not.”