Parents at Harlem charter school to sue Department of Education
Parents of students at a Harlem charter school plan to file a federal lawsuit against the city’s department of education over its decision to reverse three charter school co-locations.
Under the Bloomberg administration, three Success Academy charter schools were approved for co-locations with public schools for the next school year. The de Blasio administration revoked those approvals last month, arguing that the co-locations would displace crucial programs for disabled students.
According to multiple news reports, parents at Success Academy Harlem Central Middle School say the decision violates their children’s constitutional right to adequate education. They plan to file the suit as early as Monday.
Parents also plan to file two complaints with state Education Commissioner John King regarding the co-location reversals.
Harlem Central is already open, and the department’s decision would displace nearly 200 students. The two other schools, Success Academy City Hall and Success Academy Jamaica, were set to open at the beginning of the next school year.
Meanwhile, Public Advocate Letitia James is taking steps to block even more charter school co-locations.