1. 1. Charter schools are public schools.
2. 2. Charter schools educate the same exact kind of students as public schools.
3. 3. Charters receive less public funding than district schools.
4. 4. Charter schools get higher test scores because of the superior quality of education they provide.
5. 5. The charter schools have huge waiting lists, showing there is more parental demand for charters than public schools.
Of course the acceptance rates of the highest performing NYC high schools are even smaller. For example, in 2012, Millennium HS in Lower Manhattan had an acceptance rate of only 3 percent, with more than 5,000 students applying for 150 seats. Similarly, the overcrowded Baruch HS had 7,606 applications for 120 seats, giving it an acceptance rate of about 1.6 percent.
If parents were encouraged to apply to popular elementary schools outside their zones, and DOE made public their acceptance rates, these would likely far outshine those of any charter. Instead, under the Bloomberg administration, most of our elementary schools are so overcrowded that few intra-district transfers are allowed any more.
All this overcrowding, of course, plays into the hands of the charter lobby, since parents in many districts apply to charters as well as public schools, just to be assured that their child will get a seat in any school nearby the next year.