On Thursday, April 27, state leaders agreed on a “conceptual” budget for the fiscal year 2024.

While the agreement maintains a regional cap of 275 charters in place within the five boroughs of New York City, it does make clear that charters that were issued and subsequently returned or rescinded will not be counted toward the 275 limit. That is, the 22 “zombie” charters that were issued for schools that were closed or would never be opened will be voided and not counted as an existing charter.

“We are grateful that an agreement has been reached that will allow the children and families of New York access to more high-quality, public school options,” said Yomika Bennett, executive director of the New York Charter Schools Association. “And we thank Governor Kathy Hochul for her hard work and dedication to ensuring educational opportunities that best meet the needs of all students throughout our state.”