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Read analysis and interact with data visualizations about the New York City charter school sector. If you have a question about these analyses, please contact Monica Wawrzyniak by email.


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Posted: May 11, 2013

Based on survey data, the Charter Center estimates that New York City charter schools received an estimated 69,000 applicants for 18,600 seats—creating a citywide charter school “waiting list” of an estimated 50,400.
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Posted: December 15, 2011

As many NYC public schools adapt to life in full or overcrowded school buildings, charter school co-locations have been targeted for blame. To get beyond warring anecdotes, we took a look at the DOE's latest "Blue Book" data on building utilization across the city.

Type: Blog Post
Posted: April 1, 2013

Study shows that a group of metrics called “weighted regents pass rates" may cause schools with high-achieving students to be penalized for failing to achieve mathematically impossible growth targets.

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Posted: August 7, 2012

The results are out from the NYC Department of Education's Learning Environment Surveys, a rich source of information on how parents, students, and teachers view their public schools (district and charter). This year's surveys elicited responses from over 476,000 parents, over 62,000 teachers, and over 428,000 students in grades 6-12. (Charter schools' collective responses rates were higher than the city average among all three groups.)

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Posted: April 29, 2013
Judge Barbara Jaffe of the Supreme Court of the State of New York issued a decision granting the defendants’ Motion to Dismiss in the matter of New York City Parents Union et al. vs. NYC Board of Education et al.
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Posted: April 18, 2013
This Act would let charter schools serve students with special needs as part of a consortium, which would offer different services at different sites.
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Posted: February 21, 2014

The New York City Independent Budget Office now has egg on its face after its shocking finding – 80% attrition among charter school kindergarteners in special education! – turned out to be inaccurate.

Type: Blog Post
Posted: January 22, 2014

Back in 2008, when Senator Obama was running against Senator McCain, something unusual happened in the final minutes of their third and very contentious, partisan debate. They agreed on something: charter schools were a good thing. They agreed on this one issue because charter schools when done right (as in NYC) are a good thing.

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Posted: January 14, 2014

A new report from the NYC Independent Budget Office found that student attrition rates in charter schools are lower across nearly every student subgroup -- with the one exception, which contradicts previous research, being calculated from a tiny sample.

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Posted: November 14, 2013

The NYC Department of Education (NYC DOE) released its 2012-13 Progress Reports for all public and charter schools*. Charter schools continue to earn a higher distribution of A and B grades than district schools; 69% of charter schools scored an A or B grade over 63% for the district.


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