School Panel Approves More P.S. Space for Charter Schools, New Bake Sale Rules

More charter schools were approved to move into more public school space by a Panel for Educational Policy vote last night. Sixteen schools, including 13 charters, got the green light after a long hearing "packed" with charter parents, according the Daily News, and which heard from 200 speakers at Fashion Industries High School in Chelsea.

Charter supporters argued that as they receive less funding than other public schools, they have a pressing need for available space. Also, charter kids told how much they loved their schools ("I can tell [my teachers] really care").

Just this week our own Steven Thrasher looked at the disturbing contrast between facilities and morale in one such regular-charter space-sharing arrangement.

At the end of the night, the Panel for Educational Policy also approved new student bake sale rules. Parent-sponsored groups and PTAs can sell brownies and such like, but only once a month and outside school cafeterias. They can sell during school hours pre-packaged items on an approved list, including Doritos and Baked Lays chips, chosen for nutritional reasons. "What's to prevent a child from buying two or three bags of the permitted Doritos or Frito-Lay chips?" asked one parent, to no avail.


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