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Bill De Blasio Is Actually More Helpful To Charter Schools Than Some Republicans, Report Says

Last fall, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) waged his successful populist campaign in part on reversing his predecessor Michael Bloomberg’s education policies — particularly Bloomberg’s dramatic expansion and preferential treatment of charter schools. In a move that pleased many voters, de Blasio threatened to start charging the charter schools rent.

But despite taking the rhetorical hatchet to those 183 schools, which are publicly funded but can be privately run, in the months since the election, de Blasio ultimately has helped charter schools — even more than some Republicans, according to a new brief from Democrats for Education Reform, released on Monday.