Thursday, April 24, 2014

Charter schools are where it's at

From the Daily News:

Enrollment at traditional public schools in the city declined over the last 10 years as students flocked to charter schools, new data revealed Tuesday.

Nearly 59,000 students attended publicly funded, privately run charters in the 2012-13 school year, compared with a paltry 2,400 in 2002-03, according to an analysis by the Independent Budget Office.

That’s an increase of 2,328%.

Meanwhile during that same period, enrollment at traditional public schools dropped from more than 1 million students to 980,000.

James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Charter School Center, said 70,000 kids are enrolled in charters in the 2013-14 school year.
That’s a decrease of 6.2%.

The analysis included the roughly 1.3 million students attending kindergarten through the 12th grade in the city.


Anonymous said...

The first surprise about these numbers is that the total school enrollment is down despite the overcrowding issues we hear about (perhaps due to school selection to avoid bad schools).
The second point these numbers indicate is that charter schools have likely taken students from the Catholic school system in large numbers which means that the city is loosing out on the free ride it had been getting by having the Catholic system educate many students at no cost to the city.

Anonymous said...

why in the world should I, as a taxpayer pay for students to be educated in privately run schools? If the parents want privately run education, let them pay for it.

And, what exactly was Eva Moskowitz salary last year?

Anonymous said...

According to a Daily News article dated October 27, 2013 Eva Moskowitz, who runs a number of charter schools with a few thousand students under the banner "Success Academies" was paid $475,244.00 the previous year, while the New York City Schools Chancellor, who runs 1600 schools with nearly a million students enrolled was paid $212,614.00. No wonder Moskowitz and her cronies are so determined to keep their gravy train rolling.

Queens Crapper said...

Her salary came from a private foundation, not taxpayer money.

Anonymous said...

Money is fungible Since the charters pay no rent for the classrooms that are expropriated from publicly run institutions their privately raised funds are freed up to lavish on political hacks like former city council member Moskowitz and other Bloomberg favorites.

Anonymous said...

Crapper, Success Academy gets the money to run its schools from NY State.

Queens Crapper said...

Yes, it gets the money to run its schools from NYS. But Moskowitz's salary comes from the money she raises privately.

Anonymous said...

Crappy that goes right back to money is fungible.