Charter Cap

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Charter schools have been enormously successful in New York. The state cap on their number has been reached, but Governor Cuomo is calling on the legislature to lift it. Raising the cap on charters would be a boon to families across the city, for whom these schools offer precious educational opportunities.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Public: Charter schools are public schools that operate independently of the city Department of Education. Read more.

  2. Minorities: Charter schools in New York City serve an overwhelmingly minority student population. Read more.

  3. Performance: Charter students in New York City have outperformed their peers in district schools on state reading and math tests. Read more.

“Children only get one chance at school, and by opposing charter expansion, the mayor has ­already squandered precious time for too many children.”

Ray Domanico, Manhattan Institute director, education policy

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The Past is Present

Charters’ Promise By Marcus A. Winters (September 28, 2009)

“New York State should remove restrictions on charter schools’ growth.”

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