By James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Charter School Center
A Reflection on the Last 10 Years
In 2003, then as Executive Director of SUNY’s Charter Schools Institute, I found myself in conversations with philanthropists, charter leaders and officials at the New York City Department of Education (DOE) on what a new organization devoted to supporting charter schools in the City might look like. It would be a new organization, a public-private partnership between philanthropy and the DOE. Its mission would be to help grow a high-quality charter sector, one that would work in tandem with the Department as it sought to fundamentally reshape how it governed the schools it managed and transform New York City from a school system to a system of schools.