School Choice Structure is Key to Success

James Merriman How can we improve school choice in New York City? The Education Funders Research Initiative asked a range of experts, and Charter Center CEO James Merriman shared his thoughts. They're reproduced below with permission. New York City has a rich history of school choice, and the expansion of…

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Hiding the Bill for Teacher Pensions

Michael Regnier The debate about charter school funding was split wide open last week when a new study found that charter schools receive much less public support per pupil, when accounting for the full value of retirement promises to district school teachers. The valuation matters because the City is not…

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NYC Council Education Committee Hearing

The New York City Council Education Committee held a hearing October 2, to consider three important resolutions, Res. 1263-2012, Res. 1395-2012 and Res. 1906-2012, regarding school utilization. The resolutions call for a moratorium on school closings and co-locations for a period of at least a year, require CEC approval for…

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Mainstream Appeal

Michael Regnier A rigorous new study of charter elementary schools has a startling implication: mainstream general education classrooms at NYC charter schools contain many students who, statistically, would have been assigned to special education had they attended district schools. Charter school educators have been saying this for years, and the…

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