The Charter Schools Act of 1998 grants the State University of New York Board of Trustees authorizing power to grant 230 charters for the purpose of organizing and operating independent and autonomous public charter schools. Currently the Institute authorizes 130 active charters with 108 schools in operation: 90 operating SUNY charter schools are located in New York City or Long Island and 18 are located in upstate New York. SUNY has 82 charters remaining as part of its Request for Proposals (RFP) process, of which 12 can locate in New York City.
The Charter Schools Institute was created by the SUNY Trustees in 1999 to assist them in carrying out their responsibilities under the Act.
The Institute is charged with evaluating initial applications for the opening of charter schools, ongoing monitoring of student academic performance and overall school operations, and for presenting findings and recommendations regarding the renewal of a school’s charter to the SUNY Trustees.
Striking that delicate, difficult and seemingly always changing balance between giving schools autonomy and providing responsible oversight, and between treating schools as independent institutions while still assuring accountability, is the hard work that the Board of Trustees has committed to, and the foundation of the work of the Charter Schools Institute.
The Institute is committed to the creation and operation of highly successful charter schools throughout New York State.
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