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New York City vs. its charter schools

BY newsdesk  April 24, 2014 at 9:38 AM EST

In New York City, a conflict is brewing between city government and one of the most successful charter school networks in the city.

On the one side is Mayor Bill de Blasio, a believer in the power of government to change lives. And on the other, Eva Moskowitz, whose school the mayor wanted to close. A former councilwoman, Moskowitz is the founder and CEO of Success Academy, New York City’s largest charter school network with 22 schools.

To examine the issue, Learning Matters and PBS NewsHour reporter John Tulenko spoke to Jeffrey Henig, a professor of political science and education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Tulenko’s full report for the NewsHour airs Thursday night. Listen to his conversation with Henig below: