New York lawmakers recently authorized the first-ever public funding for charter schools’ ongoing facility costs—but only for new or expanding charter schools in New York City.
This month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new School Renewal Program to improve 94 of the city’s most struggling schools. The program includes versions of three practices that are hallmarks of top charter schools, but a comparison of Renewal School plans to charter school practices reveals consistent differences in urgency and intensity. As NYC DOE continues to define, implement and strengthen this high- stakes program, as well as prepare support and turnaround plans for hundreds of other schools, charter schools stand ready to share their work.
Despite its small size, the NYC charter school sector has sparked the publication of more than a dozen books, including practical guides for educators as well as histories and memoirs.