City close to finding homes for 3 displaced charter schools

461 West 131st Street
461 West 131st Street

City officials said they have found locations for two of three displaced Success Academy charter schools, and expect to finalize a spot for the third later this week.

School officials and the city have not yet agreed on the details of occupancy at the new sites. Mayor Bill de Blasio revoked offers in February for spaces in public school buildings – in Lower Manhattan, Harlem and Queens – because he said it would force out current programs for displaced children.Eva Moskowitz, a former City Council member who runs a charter school network, led a rally today in which she called on the city to move faster.

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“Our families are anxious to know where their children will be next year,” Moskowitz told the New York Daily News. “This protracted distraction is harmful to our scholars.”

The city proposed moving Success Academy Harlem Central Middle School to 461 West 131st Street, and Success Academy Jamaica to a Diocese of Brooklyn-owned site in that neighborhood. The third school was set to open in Lower Manhattan.

Last month, city officials, parents and advocacy groups filed a lawsuit against the mayor in an attempt to reverse his plan to place more than a dozen charter schools alongside public ones in city-owned buildings. [NYDN]Mark Maurer