Taking the Difficult Path

By James Merriman Recently, one of the mayor’s most important initiatives, building and preserving 200,000 affordable housing units, has hit some roadblocks. While the City Council unanimously passed the legislation that allows for bigger and bulkier buildings to be erected than zoning laws would allow in exchange for the developer…

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Major Gains Seen in Achievement of Charter School Children in 2015-16 Test Scores

View Interactive Charts   Download Test Scores   By Michael Pih In what can be described as yet another transition year for New York State testing, NYC charter schools made significant gains, and outperformed their district counterparts in both ELA and Math. As the sector has done for the past three years,…

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Out of Options: No Judicial Review for Charter School Non-renewals

By Corey Callahan, General Counsel and VP of Legal Policy In a recent op-ed, James Merriman, the Charter Center’s CEO, reminds us of one of the bedrock principles of chartering: that the autonomy to operate free of many of the hurdles faced by district schools comes with the price of…

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The Devil is in the Details: Ensuring the Future of New York’s Charter Movement

By Michael Pih Somewhat buried in the coverage of the passage of the state’s budget was some great news for charter schools (beyond the needed and much appreciated $430 in additional per pupil for schools statewide). The budget included a little noticed and seemingly small “technical” change making permanent how…

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Leader Voices

By Christina Reyes, Executive Director of Inwood Academy for Leadership Starting Your School Right The proverbial saying, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time,” is one that I constantly refer to as I relate the process of opening a charter school. It seems like an impossible…

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Alive and Growing Smartly

By Michael Pih Each morning, my inbox contains a digest of all the latest in education news here in the city, which gives me some sense of what the day has in store. It was with some shock, then, that I recently read an opinion piece in which the author…

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2014-15 State Test Score Analysis: Charters Better Serving African-American and Hispanic Students

By Michael Pih On Wednesday, the New York State Education Department (SED) released scores from the third year of the Common Core 3-8 Assessments.    View Interactive Charts   Download Test Scores Performance by African-American and Hispanic students in charter schools far exceeds that of their district counterparts. In Math, African-American and…

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Charter Schools Remain Underfunded: New Report

By Michael Pih Today’s IBO report, Charter Schools Versus Traditional Public Schools: Comparing the Level of Public Support In School Year 2014-15,  shows that charter schools receive significantly less public support than do traditional district schools.  When compared to 2009-10, the last year for which the IBO calculated the data,…

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New IBO Report: Positive Trends in NYC Charter Growth, Diversity, Backfilling & Achievement

By Michael Pih Today, the New York City Independent Budget Office released a new report, School Indicators for New York City Charter Schools: 2013-14 School Year. The IBO has put out a series of similar reports for NYC traditional district schools for the last three years; this is the first…

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Myth Busting: Charters Do Share, Mr. Mayor!

By Jaclyn Leffel I was disappointed to read in a recent news article Mayor de Blasio’s pronouncement that, “…district schools will share where charters will not.” I commend the mayor for opening up more PROSE schools and allowing a percentage of district schools more freedom and flexibility, but his statement…

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