New York Gov. Cuomo proposes allowing more charter schools

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to allow an additional 100 charter schools in New York.

Cuomo, in his combined state of the state and budget address in Albany Wednesday, proposed raising the existing cap on the publicly funded but privately run schools from 460 to 560.

He also called for doing away with the current limits on where the schools can open and giving students in underperforming schools preference in charter school lotteries.

The governor also says there should be "anti-creaming" legislation to ensure charter schools are teaching their share of high-needs students.

Critics, including the New York State United Teachers union, view charters as an attempt by wealthy campaign donors to privatize public education while draining public resources.

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