NYC GOP mayoral candidate Joe Lhota is calling for NYC to double the number of its charter schools. The suggestion comes in stark contrast to the Democratic candidates for mayor, who criticized charter schools in an attempt to please the teachers union.
The New York Post reports:
The city is home to 159 charters, according to the New York City Charter School Center. In the fall, the city plans to open 26 more. Albany has imposed a cap of 460 statewide.
“I am a big believer in charter public schools and so are parents, as evidenced by the wait lists to get in. Parents want and deserve more choices. Charter schools have successfully improved the education of tens of thousands of New York City children,” Lhota said.
The center said there are 56,000 students enrolled in city charters and another 52,900 on waiting lists.