New York’s Charters Are Still Desperate for Space

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The de Blasio administration hasn’t done nearly enough to help them set up shop

by Charles Sahm

Last week, the city’s Panel for Education Policy approved seven charter school colocations, providing them space in public school buildings. That brings the total number of charter colocations okayed to 21 this year — double the average during the previous four years of the de Blasio administration. This increase is a welcome change, but the city could still be doing more to find room for charters.

In a new Manhattan Institute report, I examine the de Blasio administration’s record regarding charter colocations, the extent of available space for charters in underutilized public school buildings, and steps the city might take to find room for charters.

Charter schools have become an important part of public education in New York City. While enrollment in district schools is virtually unchanged from a decade ago, at over 1 million students, charter school enrollment has grown from 15,545 students in 2006-07 to 114,000 students (in 227 schools) this year.

Access to facilities, however, is a major impediment to future charter growth.

Read the full piece at New York Daily News, originally appearing on May 3, 2018.


Charles Sahm is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. His writing on education, policing, and other public-policy issues has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, and websites, including the LA Times, New York Post, New York Daily News, and City Journal. Find him on Twitter at @CharlesSahm.