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New York Charter Cap Status

July 2018

How many charters are left under the cap for NYC?
Currently, there are 28 charters available to be issued in NYC. Under legislation passed in the 2015 state legislative session, the charter school sub-cap for New York City increased to a maximum of 50 new charters, of which 6 remain. Also, as of 2015, the charter cap was revised to revive a subset of charters that had been previously issued and then were surrendered, revoked, or terminated prior to July 1, 2015. These 22 revived charters can be issued by either authorizer anywhere in the state, including New York City.

How many charters are left under the cap for areas outside of NYC?
There are currently 61 charters left under the cap for areas outside of NYC and 22 additional charters to be issued anywhere in the state, for a total of 83 charters available.

Are conversion charters included in the cap?
No. Conversion charters remain unlimited and the Chancellor of the NYC Department of Education remains the exclusive authorizer for a conversion charter school in New York City; no school in NYC has converted since 2002.

Are there any restrictions on which authorizers—the SUNY Board of Trustees ("SUNY") or the Board of Regents (“Regents”) may issue a charter?
Under 2015 legislation, there are no longer any restrictions on the number of charters that may be issued by each authorizer so long as the total number of charters issued does not exceed the cap.

Why don't these figures add up to the total cap, or the total number of charter schools?
Charter schools that are closed - or fail to open - are counted against the cap. Charter schools that are converted district schools do not count against the cap.

Status of the Cap in New York City
Authorizer Issued* Operating Remaining
SED/SUNY 235 196 28
NYC DOE 44 40** 0
       
Total 279 196 28
Status of the Cap in all of New York State
Authorizer Issued Operating Remaining
SED/SUNY 308 252 111
NYC DOE 44 40** 0
Buffalo 1 1 0
       
Total 353 253 111

*Only includes charters that count against the cap. Charters schools that are converted district schools do not count against the cap.

** The number of NYC DOE operating charters includes schools that converted from district to charters. There are a total of 4 converted schools in NYC still operating.

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Topic: 
Governance,
Growth & Demand