Locating Charters

The Story

Over the last decade, New York’s charter schools have come of age. Charters now educate about 10% of the city’s public school population. But with maturation has come growing pains, and charters are locked in a battle with the de Blasio administration over space. More charters should co-locate in district school buildings, many of which are underutilized, according to new research, though the de Blasio administration has dragged its feet on permitting co-locations. The DOE must follow state law and work with charter schools to provide the space that they need. 

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Competitive: Total enrollment in charter schools is increasing, while enrollment in traditional district schools shows no growth. Read more.

  2. Empty: The city considers public school buildings with more than 300 empty classroom seats “underutilized,” and thus potentially candidates for co-location; over the last three years, 133 buildings have met this designation. Read more.

  3. Closed: Closing failed “Renewal” schools will open up extra space for new charter schools, which are in high demand. Read more.

“The strong academic achievement of students in these schools, as well as parental demand, points to the need for more charter schools. One big impediment is lack of space.”

Charles Sahm, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

What Parents Think Of New York’s Charter Schools By Hon. Randy Daniels (June 3, 2003)

“All around the country, state and local governments are experimenting with the use of charter schools as a means of educating children who have been failed by the traditional public school system.”

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