Ginia Bellafante, a weekly columnist for The New York Times, today cited the work of Ascend's network of college-preparatory charter schools in New York City.
Ms. Bellafante notes in her
column that "the Ascend Network, which educates some of the poorest children in the city in central Brooklyn, manages the incredibly difficult feat of leasing space for all six of its buildings with just a little more than $200,000 in philanthropic money on top of what it receives from the city."
Charter schools have figured prominently in the New York City mayoral race, with the two leading candidates expressing sharply divergent views on issues relating to co-location, rent-free occupancy in district school facilities, and increasing the cap on the maximum number of charters that can be granted.
To reflect the strength of and popular support for charter schools, an estimated 17,000 charter school supporters marched across the Brooklyn Bridge on October 8.
questioned the claims of charter advocates that the loss of free space in district school buildings would threaten the survival of charter schools in the city.
column this week, "The Charter School Fight," Ginia Bellafante
cites the six schools our network operates in privately leased space in Brooklyn as evidence that charter schools can afford to pay rent.
Ending the current policy of co-locating charter schools in district buildings would not, by her
logic, threaten the sector's existence.