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New York Charter Cap Status

March 2019

How many charters are left under the cap for NYC?
None. Currently there are no more 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 0 remain and revived 22 charters that had been previously issued and then were surrendered, revoked, or terminated prior to July 1, 2015. As of March 4, 2019, all 22 revived charters have been issued by either authorizer.

How many charters are left under the cap for areas outside of NYC?
There are currently 99 charters left under the cap for areas outside of NYC and 7 additional charters to be issued anywhere in the state, for a total of 106 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.

View our Cap Fact Sheet

Status of the Cap in New York City
Authorizer Issued* Operating Remaining
SED/SUNY 263 195 0
NYC DOE 44 40** 0
       
Total 307 235 0
Status of the Cap in all of New York State
Authorizer Issued Operating Remaining
SED/SUNY 310 251 99
NYC DOE 44 40** 0
Buffalo 1 1 0
       
Total 355 292 99

*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