New York State education officials approved 17 new charter schools for New York City Wednesday, including 14 to be run by the nonprofit Success Academy, reports The New York Times. The decision sets up a potential battle over school locations between the charter network and Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration, which earlier this year sought to deny space in public-school buildings to three Success Academies.
Mr. de Blasio has been criticized by charter advocates for backtracking from former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's embrace of the taxpayer-funded but usually nonprofit-run schools. A new state law backed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo requires the city to provide free public-school space to new charters or help them pay rent in private quarters. With Wednesday's decision by the state's charter-schools committee, Success Academy is set to grow to 50 schools serving more than 16,000 students by 2016.