School Chancellor Walcott Backs Charter Schools

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City’s new school chancellor, Dennis Walcott, said he’s a believer in options for quality education and that includes charter schools.

Walcott said Wednesday it is time to lower the rhetoric on the contentious issue of charter schools versus non-charter schools.

Walcott said parents and the city’s 1.1 million students should have good options to choose from. He said charter and traditional public schools, including theme schools and large schools, should be competitive with each other.

Walcott made his comments on the John Gambling radio show during a live town hall in-studio program. It was Walcott’s first school day since he was officially appointed as schools chancellor.

He also said class size will increase slightly under the mayor’s budget, which calls for 6,100 teachers to lose their jobs.

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  • gus

    Walcott is not going to do anything – That’s why these useless people are still there and will still be there sucking the life and dollars out of all tax payers in NY.

    If Walcott knew what to do he would fire Vigilante, Hamami and a bunch of all those useless, incompetent morons. They fired me once and I came back – Probably with my luck they fire them and they’ll come back too. Doomed to fail

  • Mario C

    Could’nt said it better ! I loved watching him follow bloomberg around ! He quits teaching after 2 years ? why ? This guy is his yes man and puppet !!

  • Roger

    Well forget about that good stuff – what is Walcott going to do o the Mafia within the DIIT – so called Division of Instruction and Information Technology – old time FARTS like Steve Vigilante and his whipping boy fat a___ed Orrin Hamami are raping the system that was in place – firing people left and right if they didn;t SUCK UP to them when Ted Brodheim the recently “let go” CIO was in place.
    Talk about City Tax Dollars being put to SHAME ! New Yorkers dont have a CLUE how they’re getting ripped off by what all these useless Mayors have NOT been able to deal with the City’s Agency’s MAFIA!

  • Sick of Bloomberg

    Wow, what a great job Walcott is doing!!! First day, and already he is threatening public schools, pimping for charter schools, promising to layoff teachers and increase class sizes!! What a great change from Klein and Black. This guy is really on the ball. I’m guessing he’s got Bloomberg’s left one in his mouth. How did he pull his nose out long enough to talk to everyone??? It seems like it’s shoved up pretty far. How about we fire Bloomberg and Walcott and let schools do their jobs for a change withjout all the threats?

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