The state restricts the number of charter schools both statewide and within New York City. There's plenty of room to grow statewide: 285 charters have been approved, far below the cap of 460. But it's a different situation in the city, which has 231 charter schools either open or expected to open soon. That would leave only 25 slots for additional schools under the current cap.
Advocates of charter schools say the caps are arbitrary and discourage groups from even beginning the yearslong process of winning approval to open a school.
"I'm not just talking about lifting the cap, I think it's time to eliminate it," said James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Charter School Center, an organization that advocates for charters. "Charters are not a virus that needs to be contained. They're something to be encouraged."
Apparently the "Dr" Ted Morris charter school fiasco and the analysis of state audits showing nearly every charter school that has been audited was being financially mismanaged isn't going to deter the charter school operators/entrepreneurs and their supporters from pushing for a complete elimination of the cap.
Hey, nothing to see here, eliminate the cap, let the profiteering, er, innovation spread!!!