NONE OF THE 21 charter schools seeking to expand next year should be allowed to do so, the school district announced yesterday, citing its $304 million budget gap.
Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. will not recommend that the School Reform Commission approve the requests for a total of 15,000 additional charter-school seats. Such a jump in charter enrollment would cost the district another $500 million over the next five years, the district said.
"Given our dire financial prospects, we must ask for shared sacrifices from our partners," Hite said in a statement released yesterday by the district. "It would be irresponsible for the district to endorse charter expansion while asking our principals to do the impossible with school budgets."