SUNY Chair Merryl Tisch is among the advocates urging state lawmakers to lift the cap on charter schools in NYC.
Merryl Tisch, the chairwoman of the State University of New York, is calling on the state Legislature to lift the cap that prevents more charter schools from opening in New York City. Let’s all hope lawmakers listen to her voice of reason and drop their ideological opposition to the expansion of educational opportunity to low-income children of color in Gotham’s most underserved communities.
Though they mean little to the ideological zealots in the Legislature, the facts are well-known. Before the pandemic, more than 1 in 5 black students in the city were enrolled in charters, as were close to 1 in 10 Hispanic students. Combined, black and Hispanic students formed more than 90 percent of the students enrolled in city charters.
Despite these numbers, and the overwhelming and unfulfilled demand for charter seats, the Legislature has halted the expansion of these schools under a false premise: namely, that charter parents are somehow harming the public-school system by seeking better educational outcomes for their children.
Ray Domanico is a senior fellow and director of education policy at the Manhattan Institute.
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