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NYC: Anti-poverty group flunks lawmakers for blocking Harlem charter school

The head of New York City’s oldest children’s anti-poverty group accused state lawmakers of hurting poor Harlem kids by blocking the opening of a new charter school in the neighborhood — calling their inaction “criminal.”

Founded in 1812, the Harlem-based Mission Society received preliminary state approval to open a charter school in its headquarters at Malcolm X. Blvd. and 142nd Street — the original site of the prohibition-era Cotton Club.

But the planned Minisink charter school can’t open because New York has hit the cap to open more charter schools, and lawmakers rejected pleas to allow an expansion as part of the recently passed state budget.

“It’s a crying shame that we couldn’t get anywhere in Albany to authorize more charter schools. We don’t have a slot. We ran up against the cap,” said Mission Society CEO Elsie McCabe-Thompson.

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