Icahn Charter schools 6 and 7, both located in the Bronx, is suing the city because they weren’t given sufficient space for expansion, as reported by the New York Post. The schools are funded by billionaire investor Carl Icahn and have a very competitive admittance rate at about 4%. According to the law, charter schools are supposed to be given co-location sites free of charge in a public school or in another location five months after a request. Icahn Charter schools filed a request with the Department of Education in July, but the DOE has been dragging its feet. The DOE said in the summer they would submit the request to the Panel for Educational policy, but the Charter schools have yet to receive an answer regarding the new location. The charters say they require space or $2, 800 per student.
Icahn charter school 6 provides education for students K-4 and seeks to expand to K-8 by 2019. Charter school seven also wants to expand to the 8th grade, but currently offers K-3. Both schools are currently located within public schools and has the goal of “arming students with the skills and knowledge to participate in rigid academic environments.”