NYC Charter School Applications Exceed Cap by 20,000

By Bruce Walker for

Student demand for spots in New York City charter schools far exceeds what the city’s charters can legally provide under the government-imposed cap on the number of charter schools.

A late April lottery garnered 21,000 applications for a mere 1,000 openings for the 2015–16 school year at Brooklyn’s Achievement First charter schools.

“Given the overwhelming demand, New York State lawmakers must address this need by allowing more charter schools,” said FreedomWorks Outreach Director Deneen Borelli, who is also a former Board of Trustees member for the Opportunity Charter School in Harlem.

“Lifting the cap on charter schools will help stimulate competition and motivate schools to do a better job of meeting each child’s individual educational needs,” Borelli added.

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