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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.

20Based on our projections, there will be 15-20 charters left by the end of 2017.

47,800NYC students are currently on charter school waitlists.

2018At the current authorization rate, NYC will run out of charters by the end of 2018.

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 June 2017, 147 charters remain to be issued statewide, including 23 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

Once and for all, eliminate New York's charter school cap: The evidence is overwhelming that these schools serve kids and families

The Daily News, June 6th, 2017

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

New York Post, April 24th, 2017

Parents, students rally against charter school cap

New York Post, February 7th, 2017

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

Time Warner Cable News, February 7th, 2017

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

New York Post, January 30th, 2017

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

Chalkbeat New York, January 23rd, 2017

Cuomo suggests lifting cap on charter school expansion

New York Post, January 18th, 2017

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

USA Today, October 19th, 2016