Beyond the Battle Lines: Lessons From New York's Charter Caps Fight

June 2007

The report examines lessons from New York's experience, and provides policy considerations relevant to the growing number of states in which charter schools are reaching their legislated limit.

The report tracks the politics of New York's charter schools from 1998 through the spring of 2007. New York charter school and charter caps politics have been highly partisan and, at times, quite brutal. But as this report makes clear, nuanced discussions and sophisticated policies are what will ultimately benefit both districts and charter schools nationwide. The observations and proposals in Beyond the Battle Lines will help policymakers understand the political dynamics and arguments in play in many states, and the specific recommendations will help to create more productive charter cap policies.