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NYC charters sue over exclusion from COVID-19 testing

NYC charters sue over exclusion from COVID-19 testing
Charter school leaders say they’ve asked from the beginning of the school year to be included in the city’s school-specific testing and contact tracing operations, but got nowhere.

“The entire city is in a public health crisis,” said James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Charter School Center.But unfortunately, they have refused to make that same system available to charter school students, creating an unnecessary hurdle and neglecting public safety.” FILE - Charter school leaders and families gathered on the steps of City Hall to announce a record number of New York City families applied to public charter schools, as James Merriman, CEO of New York City Charter School Center, addresses the media on May 14, 2013.to introduce mental health screenings, new community schools in hard-hit neighborhoods p Charter school leaders say they’ve asked from the beginning of the school year to be included in the city’s school-specific testing and contact tracing operations, but got nowhere.

” Charter school staffers don’t get access to the same expedited testing results as Education Department staff at nearly two dozen public testing sites, further complicating the schools’ efforts to ensure timely testing, Bradshaw said.FILE - Success Academy Harlem 1 charter school students.

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