Mayor de Blasio hates the Success Academy charter schools so much that his minions are even taking it out on Success kids who need special education.
The ugly facts are laid out in a new suit the network just filed on behalf of six parents whose children were unfairly denied the extra help they’re legally entitled to.
De Blasio’s Department of Education, argues the suit, discriminates against these students by making them wait to get the help they deserve — or denying them support altogether.
Officials delay action by requiring additional consent forms from parents, taking their time before putting requests for service into the city’s tracking system and scheduling parent meetings at inconvenient times.
Indeed, the agency processes only 3 percent of Success parents’ special-ed applications within the legally required 60-day timeframe — vs. 66 percent of requests for regular public-school students.
A Success student waits an average 162 days for a response. One was held up for an outrageous 653 days; another, whose parents feared he had dyslexia, was initially denied services and had to repeat a grade as he waited almost two school years before DOE finally gave the green light for help, Chalkbeat reports.
And some kids might never get help, even if they need it: In the 2016-17 school year, Success says, the agency deemed just 40 percent of the kids it referred to DOE eligible for support, yet it OK’d 80 percent of students from traditional public schools in the same area.
“Neglecting children in this way is a disgrace,” Success CEO Eva Moskowitz says. “Deliberately denying a child the educational support he needs simply because of the school he attends is reprehensible.”
De Blasio long has opposed charters (especially Success Academy, since Moskowitz is his long-time nemesis), and he moved to squeeze SA the minute he took office. When Albany pushed back, he claimed to change his tune, vowing to treat charter kids as fairly as all other public-school kids.
Alas, over the 4 ½ years that followed, he failed to show he meant it.
Now, new Chancellor Richard Carranza has offered another olive branch, openly admitting “charter schools are public schools.” If Carranza truly wants to forge a new path, he can start by ending DOE’s discrimination against Success’ special-ed kids. Even if de Blasio can’t let go of his grudge with Moskowitz, it’s beyond cruel to make kids pay the price.
By Post Editorial Board