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Lift the Cap

The Charter Center is leading efforts to once and for all eliminate the arbitrary cap on the number of charter schools that can open in New York. We are working toward the day when every child in New York can attend the public school of their choice.

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12Based on our projections, there will be 12 charters left by the end of the 2016-17 school year.

44,400NYC students are currently on charter school waitlists.

2017At the current authorization rate, NYC will run out of charters by the end of 2017.

Status of the Cap

The Charter Center monitors the number of charters still available in New York City and New York State. New York has capped the number of charter schools that can open in the state at 460. As of November 2016, 156 charters remain to be issued statewide, including 30 charters remaining in NYC, by one of New York’s two authorizers – the State Education Department Board of Regents (Regents) and the SUNY Charter School Institute (SUNY).

*The statewide charter school cap of 460 has not changed, but it has effectively been increased by 22 as the new law has revived a subset of charters previously revoked (and which previously could not be used again).

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Related News & Resources

Senate GOP leader wants to raise city’s charter school cap

Republican state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan will insist that more charter schools be allowed to open in New York City as part of any deal to extend Mayor de Blasio’s authority over the public-school system, The Post has learned.

Parents, students rally against charter school cap

ALBANY — About 1,500 charter school students and parents descended on the state capital Tuesday to demand that lawmakers eliminate a cap on charters, fund them at a level comparable to other public schools and allow co-locations.

Charter School Advocacy Day Focuses on Fair Funding, Eliminating Charter Cap

ALBANY, N.Y. — An estimated 1,500 teachers, parents and students rallied at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center Tuesday in support charter schools at the 13th annual Charter School Advocacy Day. Day-long events featured a rally and meeting with lawmakers.

De Blasio fights Cuomo’s proposal to abolish charter school cap

Mayor de Blasio on Monday pushed back against Gov. Cuomo’s proposal to lift a regional charter-expansion cap, arguing that there are enough slots already in place.

Cuomo’s budget proposal includes perks for New York City charter schools, including lifting the city’s cap

When Gov. Andrew Cuomo released his executive budget proposal last week, New York’s charter school advocates were quick to offer support. The pro-charter group StudentsFirstNY said the plan reaffirms Cuomo’s belief in the “critical role” of charter schools. New York City’s Charter Center said it sets the stage for “continued growth.”

Cuomo suggests lifting cap on charter school expansion

In a potential boon for charter schools, Gov. Cuomo has proposed abolishing the cap that limits the sector’s expansion in New York City. Advocates applauded the move, which the governor included in his $152.3 billion spending plan unveiled on Tuesday.

King: Arbitrary caps on charter schools 'don’t make sense'

WASHINGTON — U.S. Education Secretary John King on Wednesday weighed in on a swirling schools controversy, criticizing what he called “arbitrary caps” on the growth of high-quality charter schools, publicly funded but, in many cases, privately operated K-12 schools in 42 states and the District of Columbia.

NYC Council Member, Charter Advocacy Groups and Families Vow to Press Lawmakers to Eliminate Charter Cap

Supported by New York City Council member Ritchie Torres, advocates outlined the pressing need to eliminate an arbitrary cap on high-quality public charter schools that left tens of thousands of parents on waiting lists, and vowed to pressure members of the State Assembly majority and Mayor de Blasio to support the measure.

Cap Fact Sheet

In NYC, 30 total charters are available to be issued in the future, by either the Regents or the SUNY Trustees.

NYC charter schools waiting list tops 44,000

New York Daily News, June 3, 2016

Charter School Applications Spike for 2016-17 School Year

New York City Charter School Center, June 6, 2016

New York to Get Four New Niche Charter Schools

The Wall Street Journal, April 12, 2016