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Charter Schools Offer Choice in New York City

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Charter Schools Offer Choice in New York City

The education debate about which school offers a better education is really a three-sided argument. There’s the usual private school vs. public school issue. But charter schools are the third side, and that means an additional educational choice. Let’s focus on charter schools in New York City.

The Directory of New York City Charter Schools

According to the New York City Department of Education, as of September 2010, there were more than 120 charter schools in New York City’s five boroughs. The Directory of New York City Charter Schools provides up-to-date information about charter schools in the city. The directory shows that around 18 more schools are scheduled to open in the fall of 2011.

The directory also assists parents who are thinking of enrolling their children in a charter school. Schools in each borough have profiles listed in the directory.

Comparing Public Charter Schools to Non-Charter Public Schools

A handy comparison guide lists aspects of both types of public schools. The main areas of difference are:
• Charter schools operate independently and are held accountable for meeting their operational goals.
• If the school fails in its accountability measures, they may lose their ability to stay open.
• They must undergo annual reviews and are subject to financial audits.
• Charter schools have their own discipline codes and they are often very strict.

   

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