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For Immediate Release: October 4, 2018
Contact: Abdul Sada –


Only 17 Charters Left to be Issued in NYC

(NEW YORK) – The State University of New York (SUNY) Trustees today voted to approve 11 new public charter schools to open in New York City for the 2019-2020 school-year. Now, there are just 17 charters left to be issued in New York City. The New York City Charter School Center released the following statement:

“Congratulations to all of today’s approved charter schools,” said James Merriman, Chief Executive Officer, New York City Charter School Center. “SUNY’s approvals are good news for New York City families who will directly benefit from 11 new high-quality schools. New York’s authorizers work hard to ensure that only high-quality public schools open and operate. With more approvals on the horizon it is more important than ever that the legislature lift the unnecessary cap on charter schools in New York City.”

Background on the Charter Cap:

  • SUNY’s new approvals expend the 6 charters that were remaining under New York City’s charter sub-cap and subtract 5 from the 22 reserve charters that were revived as part of the 2015 legislative session. The New York City sub-cap has been depleted, and only 17 are left in the reserves.

  • A majority of the 17 charters left are likely to be used up in the coming months. SUNY has indicated that it is considering an additional 4 applications for charter schools in New York City, which will be reviewed in the coming weeks. The New York State Education Department (NYSED), New York’s other charter authorizer, is currently reviewing 15 applications for New York City charter schools and is slated to vote on new charters at its November 5-6 meeting. If these additional applications are recommended for approval, there could be just a handful of charters left in 2019 – which would fundamentally halt the opening of new charter schools that would deliver quality outcomes for New York City students.

  • Get the facts: The Charter Center’s Status of the Cap Fact Sheet.

SUNY’s new school approvals come after 2018 New York State test scores revealed that charter schools were far outpacing district schools, while significantly closing the achievement gap for African American and Latino students.

With more than 52,700 students without access to seats in New York City alone, and with the number of available new charters running dangerously low, the Charter Center and other advocates are pushing New York State to pass new legislation that will remove the current arbitrary restrictions on creating more charter schools in New York City.


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