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Lift the Cap

The Charter Center is leading efforts to once and for all eliminate the arbitrary cap on the number of charter schools that can open in New York. We are working toward the day when every child in New York can attend the public school of their choice.

7charters are
available to be
issued in NYC

52,700NYC students are currently on charter school waitlists

Status of the Cap

The Charter Center monitors the number of charters still available in New York City and New York State. New York has capped the number of charter schools that can open in the state at 460. As of December 10, 2018, 7 charters remain available in NYC to be approved by one of New York’s two authorizers – the State Education Department Board of Regents (Regents) and the SUNY Charter School Institute (SUNY).

*The statewide charter school cap of 460 has not changed, but it has effectively been increased by 22 as the new law has revived a subset of charters previously revoked (and which previously could not be used again).

Charter Cap Status

Related News & Resources

Why limit the best public schools for poor minority NYC kids?

New York Post, February 18, 2019

As Cap on Charter Schools in New York City is About to Hit, Little Talk of Extension in Albany

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BK District Requests Charter School Pause, Despite Charter Outcry, January 30, 2019

CEC15 Votes For A Cap On Charter Schools, To The Dismay of Charter School Parents, January 29, 2019

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Regents’ decisions could bring New York City close to hitting charter cap

Chalkbeat New York, November 4, 2018

November elections could impact N.Y. education policy, spending, for years to come

TImesUnion, October 17, 2018

11 charter schools get permission to open in New York, bringing the city closer to the legal limit

Chalkbeath, October 4, 2018

NYC Nears Cap on Charter Schools

The Wall Street Journal, October 4, 2018

Conflict brewing over NYC charters as capacity dwindles

POLITICO, September 24th, 2018

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The Daily News, June 6th, 2017

Senate GOP leader wants to raise city’s charter school cap

New York Post, April 24th, 2017

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New York Post, February 7th, 2017

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Time Warner Cable News, February 7th, 2017

De Blasio fights Cuomo’s proposal to abolish charter school cap

New York Post, January 30th, 2017

Cuomo’s budget proposal includes perks for New York City charter schools, including lifting the city’s cap

Chalkbeat New York, January 23rd, 2017

Cuomo suggests lifting cap on charter school expansion

New York Post, January 18th, 2017

King: Arbitrary caps on charter schools 'don’t make sense'

USA Today, October 19th, 2016