5 char­ters get OK to open in Bronx and S.I.

New York Daily News - - NEWS - Ben Chap­man

STATE ED­U­CA­TION of­fi­cials voted Tues­day to ap­prove the cre­ation of five more char­ter schools in New York City.

The new char­ters the Board of Re­gents is al­low­ing in­clude four schools in the Bronx and one in Staten Is­land. The pub­licly funded, pri­vately run schools are slated to open next year.

There are cur­rently 227 char­ter schools in the city, ac­cord­ing to the New York City Char­ter School Cen­ter. That fig­ure in­cludes a dozen schools that opened this year.

City char­ter schools en­roll roughly 114,000 stu­dents ac­cord­ing to the cen­ter, rep­re­sent­ing just over 10% of to­tal en­roll­ment in the city’s 1.1-mil­lion stu­dent sys­tem.

Char­ter schools out­per­formed district-run schools on state read­ing and math tests in 2017, but they en­roll fewer home­less stu­dents, English-lan­guage learn­ers and stu­dents with dis­abil­i­ties than their city-run pub­lic coun­ter­parts.

State ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cials de­clined to com­ment on the new char­ters. They also de­nied ini­tial char­ter ap­pli­ca­tions for two up­state schools, mark­ing the first time they have re­jected ini­tial char­ters at a Re­gents vote.

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