Deborah Meier founded the very popular Central Park East schools in East Harlem.

Deborah, with whom I used to blog weekly, is a pioneer of the small schools movement, a strong believer in public school choice, and an eloquent advocate of democratic education.

The CPE schools (I and II) have repeatedly asked the NYC Department of Education for space to expand.

But instead of allowing them to grow, Chancellor Dennis Walcott is placing a new and untried charter school in the space that CPE was hoping to win.

Just more evidence that there is no “competition” in New York City between public schools and charter schools.

When people talk about the power of competition, they overlook the districts like New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles, where the leadership is working for the other team.

No competition here. Our leader is throwing the game.