Kudos to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who on Sunday called on the state Legislature to lift the harmful and arbitrary cap on the number of charter schools in New York City. His doing so no doubt raised the ire of the teachers unions, the most powerful component of his party’s base, which makes his decision all the more courageous.
In response, we can expect to have our ears and minds assaulted with a barrage of so-called progressive tropes about predatory hedge funders assaulting public education through their support of charters, which, opponents claim, starve the city’s traditional public schools of resources and the best students.
It’s all nonsense.
The Big Apple’s 236 charter schools educate students who are overwhelmingly low-income (80 percent) and African-American or Hispanic (91 percent). They are demand-driven, growing because they are providing a service families want. Their results show that they are delivering on their promises to the families that choose them.
Ray Domanico is the director of education policy at the Manhattan Institute and author of the new issue brief, Lift the Cap: Why New York City Needs More Charter Schools.