Fill ’em up!
Advocates are urging the city’s large charter school networks to take more students from wait lists and fill empty seats during the school year as they released a report showing 2,500 slots were left unfilled last year.
“A charter school should accept any student, at any grade level, when they have an opening,” said Princess Lyles, director of the reform group Democracy Builders.
“High-performing charters are better prepared to do this than any other schools,” she added. “It is the responsibility of all public schools, charter or district, to serve as many students as space will allow.”
The city’s 197 charter schools serve about 83,200 students while another 49,700 remain on their wait lists.
But the schools left more than 2,500 seats unoccupied in 2014 as they shed between 6 and 11 percent of their students each year over the past eight years, Democracy Builders said Friday.