WNYC: Despite Demand, Charters Keep Seats Empty

Despite increased interest in charters, and the selective, nail-biting application process, public records indicate that thousands of seats in New York charter schools go unfilled. Eliza Shapiro, reporter for Capital, and Princess Lyles, Executive Director of Democracy Builders discuss why that is, the importance of “backfilling” and a new bill that would require the Department of Education to fill empty seats at New York’s charter schools.