No More Charter Schools
Dear Governor Cuomo,
As a strong supporter of New York's public school system, I am appalled by attempts to increase the number of charter schools in New York.
Handing money over to charter schools takes money away from public schools. Rather than talking about lifting the charter cap yet again — resulting in more public spending on privately run schools — the conversation should center on legislative reforms that mandate greater transparency and public accountability for the charter school industry.
In 2017-18, charter schools received approximately $2 billion in tuition payments, up $200 million from the previous year. However, because charters are not accountable to the public they serve, we have no way of ensuring these funds are not misspent.
Charter schools hold no public votes on their school budgets or board members, and they are allowed to choose which students they serve, meaning charters do not serve a comparable number of English language learners (ELLs) and students with disabilities.
Instead of increasing the number of unaccountable and undemocratic charter schools, New York State should impose a moratorium on the authorization of any new charter schools until the state enacts critically needed reforms to make charter management operators more transparent and accountable to taxpayers and the public.
The state must be able to audit the public funds sent to charters and education management organizations, and charters must be required to enroll and appropriately educate ELLs, students with disabilities and students in temporary housing.
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