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.