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State Protections for Charter Schools Threaten de Blasio’s Education Goals

With classroom seats in short supply across the city, Mr. de Blasio may find it difficult to accommodate charter schools and find space for some of his own programs.

Mr. de Blasio has said he is willing to work with charter schools, so long as they do not disrupt programs run by traditional public schools. He named a committee of district officials and charter school leaders last week to help mediate disputes over space and overcrowding.

But conflict seems likely given Mr. de Blasio’s vision for the school system — he has said repeatedly that he would like to focus resources on traditional public schools — and the reluctance of many charter school leaders to cede ground.