NYC Charters Outperform Public Schools — At Half The Cost

  • New York City charter schools are giving taxpayers more bang for their buck, routinely outperforming traditional public schools — and doing it at less than half the cost per student, data show.
  • The charters’ mostly minority student population bested its public school counterpart by up to 8% on both state math and reading tests in the 2021-21 school year, show statistics compiled by New York City Charter Center.
  • And the impressive results come courtesy of a relative shoestring budget, with city charters spending just $17,626 per student compared to the $35,941 spent on each public student, according to the center and Citizens Budget Committee.
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