De Blasio Being Sued by Both Sides on School Issue

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    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference at P.S. 130 in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. De Blasio spoke about his plans for universal pre-kindergarten in New York City. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Mayor Bill de Blasio is now the target of lawsuits by both sides on the issue of forcing schools to share space with other schools, including charters.

    De Blasio announced last month that he was reversing some of the so-called co-locations approved last fall by Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration.

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    He said he would let 36 go forward.

    On Wednesday, the plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to overturn the co-locations filed a petition saying de Blasio should have rejected them all.

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    The plaintiffs including Public Advocate Letitia James said the decision to permit some co-locations was "capricious."

    A de Blasio spokesman did not immediately comment.

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