NYC Parents Want More Charter Schools 

Over 60 percent of New York City parents favor charter schools and want lawmakers to lift the state-imposed cap, which has been reached in the city.   

WHY IT MATTERS: Data has shown that students in charter schools outperform their peers in traditional public schools.   

  • Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul and the Democrat controlled state legislature have refused to raise the cap.  

THE NUMBERS: The survey, conducted by Morning Consult for the pro-school choice Democrats for Education Reform (DFER-NY), found: 

  • 64 percent of parents have a favorable opinion of charter schools 
  • 64 percent of parents support increasing the cap 

DEMOCRAT VOTERS SUPPORT, DEMOCRAT LAMAKERS OPPOSE – Notably, the survey found that 51 percent of all Democrat voters support raising the cap on charter schools, compared to just 27 percent opposing it.  

  • However, the teachers’ union, which has strong ties to Gov. Hochul and NY State House and Senate leaders, opposes charter schools and lifting the cap.  

CROSS-RACIAL SUPPORT – Charter schools and lifting the cap had support from majorities or pluralities of all racial and ethnic groups:  

  • 53 percent of Hispanics are in favor of lifting the cap.  
  • 48 percent of African Americans favored charter school expansion. 
  • 45 percent of whites backed charter school expansion. 
  • 45 percent of Asians also back a cap lift. 

BOTTOM LINE: Gov. Hochul and other New York Democrat lawmakers are stuck between their own voters and a powerful political ally in the teachers’ union.  


New York Post – NYC parents give Mayor Eric Adams an ‘F’ for handling of new charter schools 

New York City Charter School Center – Lift the Cap on NYC Charter Schools 

New York Daily News – Lift the charter cap to let kids be lifted up