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