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The fallout from the City Council's defeat of the Kingsbridge Armory development deal. A reality check for mayor Bloomberg, says te Times:

…after years of largely unchallenged authority, Bloomberg 3.0 is
beginning to look like this: a mayor suddenly grappling with emboldened
opposition, limits to his influence, a city teeming with economic
frustration and residents who are distrustful, in some ways, of a
Manhattan billionaire.

Will Bloomberg do in the community boards?

The Post notices the raging controversy over Girls Prep's expansion plans: "Parents at a Lower East Side charter school are slamming the city for
pitting a slew of public-school parents against them in a battle over
scarce building space."

As we reported yesterday, the State Board of Regents wants the Legislature to raise the charter school cap to 400. The Senate appears to be amenable to the idea- prospects in the Assembly are far less certain.

Writing on Counterpunch.com, author Daniel Wolff has a few observations about the recent NYT piece explaining why hedge fund managers are so enthralled with charter schools:

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