Mayor expected to appoint developer for project to build 50 new charter schools

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to announce Monday the appointment of a developer to oversee construction of his plan to build 50 charter schools citywide.

Michelle Cahill, a spokesperson for the Department of Education, says developing charter schools is an excellent way to bring high quality education to communities, and to bring communities together to work on the creation of new and exciting schools.

One problem with the mayor's plan is funding for the construction. A judge has given Albany until July 30 to come up with a way to provide Bronx and city kids with an education equal to other kids in the state. To the mayor that means an additional $6 billion for new projects.

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein says the city's children are not getting their fair share of state resources. He says for far too long the children have been shortchanged.

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