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The Charter Center publishes original reports about the role of charter schools in New York’s public education system, and supports outside researchers studying the City’s charter sector.

With State Formula for Charter School Funding Likely to Change, City Costs to Grow More Than Budgeted

March 2017
Published by New York City Independent Budget Office

The IBO released an updated report comparing public spending for charter schools to traditional district schools, and its analysis is clear: not only do NYC charter schools receive less in public spending than their district counterparts, but this funding disparity continues to grow. In the current school year (2016-17), the IBO reports that charter schools will again receive substantially less per pupil regardless of whether it operates in public or private space; the IBO estimates that charters are underfunded compared to traditional district schools by $1,145 to $4,863 per pupil.

NYC Charter School Legal Brief: January 2017

January 2017
Published by the New York City Charter School Center

In this quarterly legal update, the Charter Center’s Director of Legal Affairs looks at three cases that: examine changes to labor law governing charters; review authorizers’ non-renewal decisions; and, study a constitutional challenge to the funding system for New York’s charter schools.

ELL Legal FAQ

April 2016
Published by the New York City Charter School Center

The Charter Center has developed an English Language Learner (ELL) Legal FAQ to address enrolling, identifying, and serving ELLs. This resource provides guidance to ensure that charter schools are providing instructional programs and parent communications for ELL families that are in compliance with federal laws.

New Provisions Passed In 2016-17 State Budget Legislation

April 2016
Published by the New York City Charter School Center

The Charter Center drafted a memo to help schools understand how the legislation impacts their work surrounding grant assistance funding and the simplification of the rental assistance program.

New York State Student Achievement Test Results: New York City Public Schools No Longer Lag Rest of the State

February 2016
Published by New York City Independent Budget Office

New York City-based charter schools outperform schools throughout the state when test results are adjusted to control for demographic differences. After controlling for demographics, traditional public schools in New York City have a 13.1 percentage point advantage over the rest of the state on ELA and a 12.5 percentage point advantage on math proficiency. The gaps are larger for charter schools in the city: 18.8 percentage points on ELA and 30.1 percentage points on math.

Issues 2016: Charter Schools Are Better at Retaining Hard-to-Educate Students

January 2016
Published by The Manhattan Institute

Students learning English are more likely to remain in their school if it is a charter than if it is a traditional public school: in New York City, among students classified as English-language learners, 82 percent who originally enrolled in charters for kindergarten remained in their schools four years later, compared with 70 percent of such students in traditional public schools.

Charter School Enrollment & Trends

October 2015
Published by the New York City Charter School Center

Student enrollment in New York City’s public charter schools has doubled over the last four years, ranking NYC’s charter sector second only to Los Angeles in terms of total charter enrollment. In key neighborhoods — including Harlem, the South Bronx, and Bedford-Stuyvesant — 1 in 3 students currently attends a charter school. In fact, 1 in 10 students citywide will be enrolled in a charter school by the 2016-17 school year. The Charter Center’s analysis of enrollment patterns and charter school expansion in NYC reveals robust growth that is difficult to ignore.

Student Discipline Policies for New York City Charter Schools

October 2015
Published by the New York City Charter School Center

This short guide to the basic procedural requirements for due process when suspending or expelling a student includes examples of language for the student or family handbook to ensure families are aware of their rights and responsibilities.

Charter Schools Versus Traditional Public Schools: Comparing the Level of Public Support In School Year 2014-2015

July 2015
Published by New York City’s Independent Budget Office

NYC’s IBO released its latest comparison of per student public support for charter schools with that for traditional public schools. As in its prior two comparative reports, the IBO reviewed the amount of money allocated to charter schools plus the supplemental public support given to these schools, some of which is required by the state and some provided at the city’s discretion. Also estimated was per student spending at traditional public schools.

School Indicators for New York City Charter Schools 2013-2014 School Year

July 2015
Published by New York City’s Independent Budget Office

NYC’s IBO issued a report detailing charter school growth, location and network affiliation – touching on enrollment, co-location, student attrition and backfill, amongst other topics. The report also covered charter student demographics and achievement results. The aggregate picture that emerges is of a diverse charter school sector in high demand that overall is educating a rapidly increasing number of students who are mostly minority and low-income with varying success.

New Provisions Passed in the 2015 Legislation Session Affecting Charter Schools

June 2015
Published by the New York City Charter School Center

On June 26, 2015, the Senate and Assembly passed new legislation regarding New York City charter schools. The Charter Center drafted a detailed memo to help schools understand how the legislation impacts their work surrounding charter cap restrictions, teacher qualification flexibility and permissive enrollment preference.

PUSHED OUT? Low-Performing Students and New York City Charter Schools

March 2015
Published by the Manhattan Institute

This paper uses longitudinal NYC student-level enrollment data to assess critics’ claims that charters systematically “push out” low-performing, or otherwise difficult-to-educate, students in order to boost aggregate test scores. Critics of charter schools commonly assert that charters’ (often) strong academic performance derives primarily from the type of student educated, rather than the quality of schooling provided.

Comparing Student Attrition Rates at Charter Schools and Nearby Traditional Public Schools (Updated with and Additional Year of Data)

January 2015
Published by New York City’s Independent Budget Office

NYC’s IBO issued an updated report that examines whether elementary grade students in charter schools leave their schools any more frequently than students in traditional public schools. The study finds, among other things, that, on average, students at charter schools stay at their schools at a higher rate than students at nearby traditional public schools. Also, of the students tracked, those with special needs remained at their charter schools at a higher rate than similar students at nearby traditional public schools.

Steal This Plan: Seven Ways NYC’s “Renewal Schools” Can Learn From Great Charter Schools

November 2014
Published by the New York City Charter School Center

Providing a great public education is a citywide effort, and effective charter schools stand ready to share their work. After Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan to improve struggling district schools, the Charter Center described seven ways the plan could be strengthened and expanded by incorporating the effective strategies of top charter schools and networks.

Still Building Inequality: How New York’s Charter Public School Students Continue to Bear the Cost of School Facilities

November 2014
Published by the New York City Charter School Center and Northeast Charter Schools Network

In 2014, New York lawmakers authorized the first-ever public funding for charter schools’ ongoing facility costs—but not all charter school students were covered. A new analysis of the uncovered facility costs paid by charter schools in New York State shows the size of the remaining inequity.

Why the Gap?: English Language Learners and New York City Charter Schools

October 2014
Published by the Manhattan Institute

An analysis of the English Language Learner “enrollment gap” between charter and district schools shows that it is not created because ELLs are more likely to leave charter schools over time; ELL students are retained at similar if not higher rates at charter schools. Instead, the single, overwhelming reason for the ELL gap is that fewer ELLs enroll in charter schools in the intake grades.

2014 Guide to New Provisions in State Law Affecting New York City Charter Schools

July 2014
Published by the New York City Charter School Center

On April 1, 2014, New York State lawmakers approved a package of budget legislation that changed the legal landscape for New York City charter schools. The Charter Center created a detailed guide to help schools understand how the legislation impacts their work in seven key areas.

No Velvet Ropes: How NYC Charter Schools Make Opportunity Accessible

April 2014
Published by the New York City Charter School Center

Not all public schools are equally accessible to the public. An analysis of admissions policies and student achievement shows that charter schools provide some of the city’s most high-quality school options. Meanwhile, selective admissions policies and prohibitive housing costs make many district public schools effectively off-limits to hundreds of thousands of families—as if surrounded by invisible velvet ropes.

State of the Sector (2012)

April 2012
Published by the New York City Charter School Center

What choices are charter schools providing? What are their results? Who are their students? And what is the outlook for charter schools' future? Read the Charter Center's new, data-rich report to find out.