Charters can’t meet demand

Only 20 percent of students who applied to a New York City charter school won a place, reports the New York Daily News. Students are chosen by lottery. Carl C. Icahn Charter School, a high-scoring K-8 in the Bronx,  had room for less than three percent of  applicants.  Fifteen charter schools had space for less than 10 percent of applicants.

Maybe New York needs to let charter schools expand to meet the demand.

Getting into a good charter schools is a matter of chance, not choice, writes Catherine Cullen on The Quick and the Ed. She helped a Washington, D.C. charter choose new students. Because few students leave and siblings get priority, there was only 14 places for 154 applicants.

When I drew the last name for an official Pre-K berth, a woman in the crowd drew a sharp breath. I had drawn her son’s best friend. She sat quietly as I started to draw the waiting list. When I hit #20, tears began to run down her face. Sometime after #50, she left the room.

Charter Schools Achievement: What We Know summarizes the research on charter school effectiveness.

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  1. > Maybe New York needs to let charter schools expand to meet the demand.

    Now that’s just crazy talk! All right-thinking people know that there’s only one proper way to do public education and that’s within the warm, comforting confines of a school district.

    Without a central office staff to dictate the need to produce torrents of never-read paperwork and constantly modify the curriculum how could education, or whatever it is they’re supposed to be doing in all those dreary school buildings, get done?

  2. Even more annoying is that anti-choice proponents use the fact that charters provide a better education for only a fraction of students to argue that charters are inherently unfair because they leave behind most students.

  3. does NY allow students to apply to more than 1 charter?

    otherwise there is some double-counting in the aggregate: article says “42,093 applications for 8,468 spots”

    on the other hand, it should be accurate for individual schools: 3% seems like the Icahn facility implies that they should open a 2nd 3rd 4th (and so on) school.