Regents Chancellor Wants To Send Unused Charters Downstate

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Charter school advocates are pushing to raise New York’s cap on the number of charters it grants. Their focus is on New York City, which has almost reached its limit. While there are more than 100 unused charters in New York, New York City has 25 left.

But, during an appearance on The Capitol Pressroom, Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch said those unused charters outside the city could solve the problem without raising the cap.

“I would like to say that I see an easy pattern here for taking the unused charters and moving them to districts like New York City which want to use those charters,” said Tisch.

Under current law, New York City is allotted about half of the state’s charters. Mayor de Blasio recently said he’s not interested in raising the city’s limit.

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