Policy and Advocacy

Policy and Advocacy


The Charter Center was founded to support the development of a high quality charter school sector in New York City. One of the ways in which we do this is by ensuring that public policies and politics engender the continued growth, autonomy and quality of the charter sector.

What We Do

The Charter Center’s seven-person Policy & Advocacy team has over 40 years of combined experience in politics and community organizing. The team supports the City’s charters by:

  • Building positive, ongoing relationships with elected officials and their staff
  • Monitoring and working to influence education policy at both the city and state levels
  • Conducting public awareness campaigns, including citywide paid and earned media outreach
  • Conducting quality research, producing reports and factsheets and participating in local and national policy discussions
  • Introducing and lobbying for legislation that supports charter schools’ ability to succeed
  • Supporting parents’ right to choose by collaborating closely with the Charter Parent Action Network (CPAN)
  • Assisting school leaders and staff to develop and implement political and community engagement projects
Advocacy Day 2014

Advocacy Day

For the past 10 years, the Charter Center brought thousands of parents from all over New York to the Capitol to give voice to the charter movement. In addition to showing support for their schools, parents and school leaders met with elected officials to discuss the charter choice.

Special Needs

Senator Serrano

The Charter School Students with Special Needs Act Lobbying Campaign

Together with a team of school leaders, parents and advocacy groups, the Charter Center had been lobbying for the passage of the Charter School Students with Special Needs Act in Albany, which would help our schools better serve students across the educational spectrum. Join the campaign by contacting Courtney Fields.


Testimony Presented to the New York City Council Education Committee Oversight Hearing on Charter School Management and Accountability
May 6, 2014 Testimony1.08 MB

Blog Posts

New York State entered the 2013-14 school year—the second year of the Common Core era—with a pointed awareness of the challenges revealed by the 2012-13 test scores.

UPDATE: We posted our in-depth analysis of charter school test scores.