- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The leader of New York’s state Assembly has questioned whether there is a need the increase a cap on the number of authorized charter schools.

Speaker Sheldon Silver told reporters Tuesday that’s because there is room for more charters to open within the current limits.

The Democrat’s comments are a blow to efforts by charter supporters who say the limits discourage people from proposing new schools.

The state limits the number of charter schools statewide and in New York City. Statewide, 285 schools have been approved, far below the overall cap of 460. But only 25 additional charter schools are authorized in New York City.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Republican state Senate leaders support charters as an innovative approach to education. But critics say they undermine traditional public schools.

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