NEW YORK. Gov. David Paterson and the Assembly failed to reach a deal on charter schools yesterday. Legislators wanted to cap charter schools at 400, while Paterson and Mayor Michael Bloomberg wanted to allow 460, which they said would have enabled New York to qualify for up to $700 million in federal funds. Instead, no vote took place by the deadline to apply for the funds and the state’s cap stays at 200. There are 36,000 city kids on charter school wait lists.
“Today is a sad day for the children of New York,” Paterson and Bloomberg said in a joint statement.