From the Daily News:
More than a half dozen charter schools are vying to open in the fall of 2013 in Queens, the borough with the most school overcrowding in the city.
Seven of the controversial institutions have made it to the final rounds of the notoriously difficult state application process. Decisions are expected in October by the state Board of Regents and the SUNY Charter Schools Institute.
The proposed schools center on everything from working with foreign-born students to having a Chinese-based curriculum with mandatory martial arts training.
“Charters have a place in our educational system,” said Isaac Carmignani, co-president of the Community Education Council District 30, a northwestern Queens parents group.
But “what would concern me is if they’re...drawing resources away from our district schools,” he said. “I’d be concerned about co-location [in public schools.]”
James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Charter School Center, which supports the institutions, said there are only 11 Queens charters due to the dearth of available space in the borough.
There are 61 charters in Brooklyn, 44 in the Bronx, 42 in Manhattan and three in Staten Island, according to the center.