Commentary

Charter School Demand in New York City Far Exceeds Available Seats

The headline via the New York Post says it all:

HARD MATH: 39,000 FOR 8,500 CHARTER SPOTS.

Applications to the city’s charter schools have surged to new heights — more than doubling from 18,672 last year to 39,200. …

The report comes as most charters begin holding lotteries for 8,500 open seats this week — including the Super Tuesday of lotteries that will take place tomorrow, when 29 schools draw from their lists of applicants.

The immediate implication of this is that there will be a lot of disappointed families in NYC this week. However, the longer term implication is that the traditional way of enrolling students in public schools, where families are assigned a specific school is done. It may take a few years, but more and more families view choosing their child’s school as the norm rather than the exception.

Lisa Snell is the director of education and child welfare at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets.