Common sense charter schools require of the state legislature


A Pro-charter school rally at City Hall Park Wednesday served as a reminder of yet another Albany thing is not do: let more children visit good schools.

However, lawmakers refuse to remove the cap preventing more charters from opening in New York City Enrollment in charters is up 9% in the past two years, although Department of Education schools continue to lose tens of thousands of children. The best opportunity is nowas part of the budget due April 1st.

With 50,000 children stuck on the waiting list for a charter seat, “It makes no sense that we haven’t done everything we can, especially in the last two years, to ensure our children and our families have the best educational opportunities possible,” notes Crystal McQueen Taylor from StudentsFirstNY.

The smallest solution would be to revive the more than a dozen “zombie” charters that have been issued but no longer active in previous years so that schools ready to open could do so. It’s “just another way of counting foundings as the number of schools operating,” argues James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Charter School Center.

Better yet, end the special charter cap in New York City and let Gotham take advantage of some of the 70+ charters still available under the main cap in the rest of the state.

The best thing would be to abolish the cap altogether: it was introduced when charters were experimental; now that they have been so successful, the only reason to keep them is because of lobbying by the teachers’ unions that dominate regular public schools.

If the legislature at least rejects it elevator The cap is a clear sign that lawmakers just don’t care about the kids. Common sense charter schools require of the state legislature


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