The state budget will not increase the number of charter schools in NYC

The $220 billion state budget will allow New York City to get new casinos, but state lawmakers refused to roll the dice for more charter schools.

Charter supporters responded Friday to the agreement, which failed them on two key issues — increasing the number of charter schools and expanding control of the school system for charter-friendly Mayor Eric Adams.

“It’s disappointing that Albany decided to remove the cap on casinos but not on charter schools,” said Eva Moskowitz, founder and CEO of Success Academy.

“At a time when so many poor children of color are burdened with massive learning losses and families are fleeing the city in search of better schools, this is a staggering omission.”

Critics of privately run schools receiving public funding have pointed out that city rights are still earmarked for an increase in aid — by several hundred dollars per student, The Post previously reported.

Proponents had also urged lawmakers to include an amendment to its budget that would allow dormant “zombie” charters — schools that closed or never opened — to be reassigned to new schools to increase access, without the charter cap to increase.

New York Mayor Eric Adams
Mayor Eric Adams has supported charter schools in NYC.
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“The failure to budget for the revival of ‘zombie’ charters is more than just a missed opportunity,” said James Merriman, chief executive officer of the New York City Charter School Center, who urged officials to consider the proposal to adopt this legislative period.

“It’s another door for families who are simply asking for a choice when it comes to their children’s education.”

DFER NY’s Jacquelyn Martell has expressed disappointment with the “zombie” charters. “These are schools that are now fully ready to open, they’ve gone through the approval process,” she said.

Opponents argue the plan bypasses the cap and underperforms students in DOE-run schools that share funds and space with charters.

“Legislators have rightly made a record investment in traditional public schools — the schools that educate all students and operate with real transparency,” said a UFT spokesman.

Also missing from the budget was an expansion of mayoral control of the city’s public schools. Success Academy’s Moskowitz remained “hopeful” that such legislation could bring new charter schools in New York City.

Eva Moskowitz, CEO of Success Academy, has blasted the state legislature for approving more casinos than charter schools.
Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz has slammed the state legislature for approving more casinos but not charter schools.
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“We have some time to focus on this important issue now that we’ve just resolved the budget issues,” said John Liu, who chairs the State Senate Committee on New York Schools, of mayoral oversight.

He said several options are still on the table, whether it’s a full or shorter extension or a change in the composition or rules of the city’s educational policy advisory body.

“Bottom line there is no budget impact and it’s a disservice to parents and other school stakeholders if we throw this into the mix when there are so many other issues impacting the budget and we are have to take into account.” The state budget will not increase the number of charter schools in NYC


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