The Charter Schools Act of 1998 grants the State University of New York Board of Trustees authorizing power to grant charters for the purpose of organizing and operating independent and autonomous public charter schools. Working as staff to the SUNY Board of Trustees, the SUNY Charters Schools Institute supports the Trustees in their commitment to:
In New York State, teachers, parents, school administrators and community members can submit a proposal to establish a charter school. Applicants may file the proposal in conjunction with a college, university, museum, educational institution, or a not-for-profit. The Act allows for two statewide authorizers: the SUNY Trustees and the New York State Board of Regents. SUNY is nationally regarded for its rigor and commitment to the development of highly successful charter schools.