The Coalition of Community Charter Schools (C3S) is a group of public charter schools and organizations in New York City that envision a positive and collaborative role for charter schooling as part of our public education system. Located in different boroughs, serving students of all grade levels with varying needs, and implementing a range of instructional and organizational models, C3S aims to exemplify the diversity, innovation, quality, and commitment-to-community that inspired the original vision of the public charter school movement. Community charter schools represent the majority of charter schools, both in New York and nationally. Our city and country have a long history of partnership between government and charitable, non-profit organizations. At their best, community charter schools are part of a time-honored tradition of civil society working to advance the public good.