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.
Given the critical needs of many NYC students, particularly those in underserved communities, the Charter Center analyzed district school performance, charter demand, and Census data that identified four neighborhoods in the Bronx and Queens that would particularly benefit from the immediate growth of high quality charter schools.
In New York City, there are an estimated 68,000 applicants for nearly 23,600 available charter school seats – creating a citywide charter waiting list of an estimated 44,400 children. Demand for charter school seats remains strong with a 4% increase in applicants from the 2015-16 school year.
The Charter Center’s analysis of enrollment patterns and charter school expansion in NYC reveals robust growth that is difficult to ignore.
New York State’s law on charter schools changed in important ways in April 2014 and May 2010. The Charter Center created a black-lined version of the Act that visually emphasizes the new provisions in a more legible format. The Charter Center is committed to helping existing and prospective charter schools succeed in this ever-changing environment.
The Charter Center describes seven ways NYC’s “Renewal Schools” plan could be strengthened and expanded by incorporating the effective strategies of top charter schools and networks.
NYSAA is an assessment in which students with severe cognitive disabilities demonstrate their performance toward achieving the NYS P-12 CCLS in ELA, math, science and social studies (depending on the grade level being tested). Student performance is recorded in a datafolio, and includes direct observation and documentation of information such as student work products, photographs, audio and videotapes.
Finds that charter schools provide one of the most accessible and high-quality public school options for parents.
This study uses NYC data to analyze the factors driving the gap in special education enrollment between charter and traditional public schools.