Politico: Challenging Success Academy, charter group and Council raise ‘backfill’

The school choice advocacy group Democracy Builders and the New York City Council are highlighting the issue of “backfill,” or refilling vacated charter school seats with new students—a longtime source of contention among the city’s charter sector.

Democracy Builders released a new report Friday calling on all charter schools to fill vacated seats, and detailing the negative impact charters that don’t backfill have on education opportunities for high-needs children.

The City Council is advocating for more transparency around the issue of backfill; Councilman Mark Levine is introducing a bill that would require the Department of Education to produce a report on attrition and backfill at charter schools, along with gifted and talented programs and the city’s specialized high schools.

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