If you ask most people in Bed-Stuy’s District 16 why they think enrollment is falling, chances are they’ll point to charter schools: privately managed public schools, which have been on the rise in New York City for more than a decade. Charter schools were originally dreamed up to be laboratories for innovation in public education. […]
At the heart of the debate around charter schools in Central Brooklyn are issues of race and real estate. Brooklyn Deep contributor Max Freedman, who has been looking closely at demographic and enrollment patterns throughout New York, answer questions on charter schools in Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights.