April 24th, 2014

WATCH: New York's Charter War

Last March, thousands of teachers, students and parents traveled to Albany, New York’s state capital, to voice opposition to a decision by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to close a local charter school. A multimillion dollar ad campaign followed, bashing de Blasio in TV commercials and in full page ads in the New York Times. Soon it became fodder for the cable talk shows.  Even New York Governor Andrew Cuomo got involved. All this to save one charter school?

John Tulenko goes behind the front lines of New York City’s “Charter War,” where he discovers that big spending and political ambitions lie at the root of this “education” battle.

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Jeffrey Henig, a professor of political science and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, speaks with John Tulenko about the New York City charter conflict.

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