Wednesday, November 14, 2018
With A Democratic State Senate, This Should Freeze The Charter School Cap.
The blue wave hit the NYS Senate and the Democrats will control the Senate in January. One of the changes will be that the Senate Republicans cannot demand an increase in the charter school cap. Moreover, with many Democrats agreeing with Mayor Bill de Blasio on keeping a freeze on the charter school cap, there are few available openings for new charter schools in New York City. Finally, even our charter school Governor, Andrew Cuomo, will be hesitant to push for an expansion of the charter school cap since he has presidential ambitions and will not risk alienating the teachers unions and their traditional allies.
Presently, in New York City there is only 8 open spots available for new charter schools and the Democrat controlled legislature is unwilling to expand the cap. Further, its highly unlikely the charter friendly Governor will waste political capitol to actively push to expand the charter cap. Finally, the linking of Wall Street hedge fund billionaires with the charter movement as well as President Donald Trumps support has alienated the general public in New York City and makes it extremely difficult to support expanding the charter school cap.
Read the New York Times article Here. The New York City Charter School Center has the statistics on the charter school cap.
Goodbye Bloomberg and Klein. So long the Republican controlled Senate. No more charter school supporters getting their way. The heyday for education reformers and their charter school allies are over.