Lift the Cap

The Story

Charter schools now educate 10% of public school students in New York City. But despite high demand for seats, the state caps the number of charter schools that can open, and that limit is about to be reached unless the legislature acts to raise it (or, better, eliminates it entirely). Albany needs to break the gridlock on charters and expand educational opportunities for all New York families. 

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Better: Charter school students in New York City dramatically outperform their peers across the state. Read more.

  2. Myth: The frequently heard charge that charter schools drain money from district schools is false. Read more.

  3. Serve: Charter schools disproportionately serve black and Latino kids from poor families. Read more.

“As long as the state has ­allowed these schools to grow in number, families have flocked to them.”

Ray Domanico, Manhattan Institute director, education policy

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

“This paper is being presented at a time when growing despair about the state of public education within New York City coincides with the emergence of a national consensus on the importance of choice in educational reform.”

Featured Announcement

New York native Reihan Salam has been named Manhattan Institute’s next president. He will succeed the outgoing president, Larry Mone, who has been with the free-market think tank for 37 years, 24 at its helm. Learn more via the press release and New York Post editorial.

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