Request for Proposals

Establishing NYS Charter Schools

Visit this page frequently for the latest updates

on establishing New York State charter schools

via the SUNY Board of Trustees.

   
   
   

UPDATED! 7/17/14

7/17/14

Final January 2014 Summer Cycle Proposals Available

Please see the Active Proposals page to view the redacted copies of the proposals under active consideration in response to the Summer Cycle of the January 2014 Request for Proposals.

 

7/11/14

January 2014 Summer Cycle Proposal Summaries Available

Please see the Active Proposals page to view the summaries of proposals under active consideration in response to the Summer Cycle of the January 2014 Request for Proposals.

 

6/19/14

Public List of Letters of Intent Submitted in Response to the Summer Cycle of the January 2014 RFP is available

The Board of Trustees of the State University of New York, in its capacity as a charter authorizer, has received Letters of Intent in response to the Summer Cycle of the January 2014 SUNY Request for Proposals. The SUNY Charter Schools Institute set a deadline of June 16, 2014 for receipt of Letters of Intent.

 

The Letters of Intent for the proposed schools have been accepted by the SUNY Charter Schools Institute, having sufficiently addressed the requirements set forth in Section V of the RFP. A proposed school’s appearance on the list does not indicate that the SUNY Trustees have approved or will approve the proposed new school.

 

All information listed was reported by applicants at the time of submission, and is subject to change based on further information.

 

6/16/14

SUNY Releases Second Guidance Update for the January 2014 RFP Summer Cycle

The second guidance update specifically pertaining to the Summer Cycle of the January 2014 SUNY Request for Proposals can be found under the Critical Applicant Documents menu to the right. This guidance supplements and/or updates any previously released guidance or information relating to the Summer Cycle.

 

6/9/14

SUNY Releases Guidance Update for the January 2014 RFP Summer Cycle

The Guidance Update for the Summer Cycle of the 2014 RFP, now available under the Critical Applicant Documents Menu, serves as a supplement to, and in cases where explicitly noted, replacement for, sections of the January 2014 Guidance Handbook that accompanies the January 2014 RFP.  It is imperative that proposals be complete with all required documentation and that they follow the guidance in this document, as well as all other guidance found in the January 2014 RFP and Guidance Handbook.

 

5/30/14

SUNY Announces Summer 2014 RFP Cycle

 

The SUNY Charter Schools Institute (“Institute”), on behalf of the SUNY Board of Trustees, is pleased to announce a second opportunity to submit a proposal to open new charter schools in New York City in response to the January 2014 Request for Proposals (“RFP”).  The January 2014 RFP provided one opportunity to submit proposals (the “Spring Cycle”, which concludes in early June) and reserved the right of the Institute to issue a second call for proposals (the “Summer Cycle”).  The Institute is now issuing a call for 2014 Summer Cycle applications in New York City.

 

Please note that the Summer Cycle is limited to applicants intending to locate in New York City.  Due to the limited timeframe New York City applicants have to qualify for facility funding, coupled with the overall volume of charter oversight duties facing SUNY in 2014, this second round is limited to those applicants seeking to open a school in New York City in the fall of 2015. All other applicants are encouraged to watch the Institute website for an anticipated January 2015 RFP release and prepare proposals to submit to the Institute in 2015 to open charter schools in fall of 2016.

 

The timeline of the 2014 Summer Cycle of the January 2014 RFP is available on the Application Timeline page.

 

Note that the 2010 Amendments to the New York Charter Schools Act limit the number of charters SUNY may issue through the RFP process, and further limited the number that SUNY may issue in New York City.  At this time, SUNY holds approximately 12 charters that may be issued in New York City through the RFP process. Accordingly, the Summer Cycle of the January 2014 RFP may be the last opportunity for applicants to submit proposals to SUNY to open charter schools in New York City.

 

Summer Cycle applicants should regularly check this page for further information  and updates.  The Institute anticipates posting additional Summer Cycle guidance in early June.

 

 

3/26/14

January 2014 Proposal Summaries Available

Please see the Active Proposals page to view the summaries of proposals under active consideration in response to the January 2014 Request for Proposals.

 

3/13/14

Public List of Proposals Submitted in Response to the January 2014 RFP Posted

The Board of Trustees of the State University of New York, in its capacity as a charter authorizer, has received proposals in response to the January 2014 SUNY Request for Proposals. The SUNY Charter Schools Institute set the deadline for receipt of these proposals at March 12, 2014.

 

The Public List indicates only receipt of a proposal.  A proposed school’s appearance on the list does not indicate that the SUNY Trustees have approved or will approve the proposed new school. 

  

All information listed was reported by applicants at the time of submission, and is subject to change based on further information.  

 

1/7/14

SUNY Revises 2014 RFP Timeline
Responding to feedback on the 2014 new school proposal process, the Institute has extended the 2014 submission deadlines to February 10, 2014 for Letters of Intent, and March 12, 2014 for final proposals.  Please refer to the updated 2014 RFP for further details.

 

1/6/14

SUNY Releases its January 2014 SUNY Request for Proposals to Establish New York State Charter Schools

At right, please find the 2014 RFP.

 

The Response to Public Comments can be found here.  All comments were reviewed by Institute staff, and changes were made to the RFP based on the feedback received.  The Institute thanks all who participated in the open comment process.

 


 

12/6/13

Draft 2014 RFP Released

The SUNY Charter Schools Institute, on behalf of the SUNY Board of Trustees, is pleased to announce the release of the Draft January 2014 SUNY Request for Proposals (Draft RFP) to open new charter schools. The May 2010 amendments to the Charter Schools Act of 1998 require New York's charter authorizers to accept applications to establish new charter schools by way of a Request for Proposals process. The statute mandates that SUNY issue a draft RFP for public comments prior to issuing the RFP.

The Institute welcomes your comments and encourages you to share the draft document broadly and/or to post the electronic version on your website. The Institute will accept comments via email to: charters@suny.edu and via mail to: SUNY Charter Schools Institute, 41 State Street, Suite 700, Albany, New York 12207, through 5 p.m. on December 19, 2013.
As per the statute, the Institute will review any written comments received by the deadline and consider the comments in finalizing the RFP. The Institute anticipates releasing the final January 2014 RFP and a summary of the comments and the Institute’s corresponding responses on January 6, 2013.

9/13/13

Final September 2013 Proposal Summaries and Redacted Proposals Available

Please see the Active Proposals page to view the proposal summaries and redacted copies of the proposals under active consideration in response to the September 2013 Request for Proposals.

 

9/6/13

Final September 2013 SUNY Proposal Public List Available

The Board of Trustees of the State University of New York (the “SUNY Trustees”), in its capacity as a charter authorizer, has received Proposals in response to the September 2013 SUNY Request for Proposals.  The SUNY Charter Schools Institute (the "Institute") set the deadline for receipt of these  Proposals at 12:00 pm, September 6, 2013.

 

The Public List indicates only receipt of a Proposal.  A proposed school’s appearance on the list does not indicate that the SUNY Trustees have approved or will approve the proposed new school. 

  

All information listed was reported by applicants at the time of submission, and is subject to change based on further information.  

 

9/03/13

SUNY Releases its Final September 2013 SUNY Request for Proposals to Establish New York State Charter Schools

At right, please find the critical applicant documents:

  • The Final RFP
  • The Applicant Guidance Handbook

 

8/12/13

Click here for a Critical Memo for All Potential Applicants Intending to Submit Proposals to the September 2013 SUNY Request for Proposals

The memo contains critical reminders concerning the expectations for the upcoming process, submission information, and notification of some small differences between the Preliminary September 2013 SUNY RFP and the final September 2013 SUNY RFP, which the Institute will release on September 3, 2013. 

 

5/14/13

Preliminary Proposal Summaries and Redacted Proposals Available

Please click the Active Proposals page to view the proposal summaries and redacted copies of the proposals under active consideration in response to the Preliminary September 2013 Request for Proposals.

 

4/15/13

Preliminary Proposal Public List Updated

The Board of Trustees of the State University of New York (the “SUNY Trustees”), in its capacity as a charter authorizer, has received Preliminary Proposals in response to the Preliminary September 2013 SUNY Request for Proposals.  The SUNY Charter Schools Institute (the "Institute") set the deadline for receipt of these Preliminary Proposals at 12:00 pm, April 15, 2013.

 

The Public List indicates only receipt of a Preliminary Proposal.  A proposed school’s appearance on the list does not indicate that the SUNY Trustees have approved or will approve the proposed new school. 

 

Note that applicants who participate in this process must submit a final proposal in response to the final September 2013 Request for Proposals that the Institute will release on September 3 to be eligible to receive the Institute’s recommendation to the SUNY Board of Trustees Charter Schools Committee for approval of a new charter school. 

 

All information listed was reported by applicants at the time of submission, and is subject to change based on further information.  

 

3/1/13

Accepted Letter of Intent Public List Available Now

The Board of Trustees of the State University of New York (the “SUNY Trustees”), in its capacity as a charter authorizer, has received Letters of Intent to submit a Preliminary Proposal in response to the Preliminary September 2013 SUNY Request for Proposals.  The SUNY Charter Schools Institute set the deadline for receipt of these Letters of Intent at 5:00 pm, February 19, 2013.

 

The Letters of Intent for the proposed schools on the list have been accepted by the SUNY Charter Schools Institute, having sufficiently addressed the requirements set forth in Section B of the Preliminary RFP.  A proposed school’s appearance on the list does not indicate that the SUNY Trustees have approved or will approve the proposed new school. 

 

All information listed was reported by applicants at the time of submission, and is subject to change based on further information. 

 

2/11/13

SUNY Releases its Preliminary September 2013 SUNY Request for Proposals to Establish New York State Charter Schools

At right, please find the critical applicant documents:

  • The Preliminary RFP
  • The Applicant Guidance Handbook

 

The Response to Public Comments can be found here.  All comments were reviewed by Institute staff, and changes were made to the RFP based on the feedback received.  The Institute thanks all who participated in the open comment process.

 

2/5/13

Important note regarding the 2013 Letter of Intent

The Institute has set February 18, 2013 as the due date for Letters of Intent to submit a preliminary proposal as part of the Preliminary September 2013 SUNY Request for Proposals review process. Because February 18 falls on a federal holiday, the Institute must receive all Letters of Intent by February 19, 2013.

 

SUNY to Host a Question/Answer Webinar on February 12, 2013.

SUNY will host a webinar for applicants seeking to open a new charter school from 4:30-6:00 on February 12, 2013.  The goal of the webinar is to provide a basic overview of the RFP, Business Plan and the preliminary review process, and to answer questions for applicants interested in submitting a proposal to open a new charter school through SUNY.  Interested participants should register by e-mail to sean.fitzsimons@suny.edu with the participant name, e-mail address, proposed school name (if known) and relation to the proposed school (e.g. lead applicant, management organization representative, etc.) Participants will receive instructions at least one day prior to the webinar.  Registration closes on February 11.

 

Final materials from the webinar can be found here, or at the link listed above under Critical Applicant Documents.

 

1/24/13

SUNY to Host a Public Comment Webinar on January 28, 2013.

Please click here for more details.

 

1/15/13

SUNY Releases its DRAFT September 2013 SUNY Request for Proposals to Establish New York State Charter Schools for Public Comment

 

Download the DRAFT September 2013  Request for Proposals to Establish New York State Charter Schools

 

The Institute encourages all potential applicants to read the "Important Notes for Prospective September 2013 Request for Proposals Applicants" memo prior to submitting public comment or preliminary proposals.

 

Download the "Important Notes for Prospective September 2013 Request for Proposals Applicants" document here.

 

  • The May 2010 amendments to the Charter Schools Act of 1998 require New York's charter authorizers to now accept applications to establish new charter schools by way of a Request for Proposal process. The statute mandates that a draft RFP be issued and public comments sought prior to issuing the RFP in final on September 1, 2013 (effectively September 3 as the 1st falls on a weekend).
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  • We welcome your comments. Also, please feel free to share the draft document broadly and/or to post the electronic version on your website. The Institute will accept comments via email to: charters@suny.edu and via mail to: SUNY Charter Schools Institute, 41 State Street, Suite 700, Albany, New York 12207, through 5 p.m. on February 1, 2013. The Institute will also host a meeting via video-conference on January 28, 2013.  Details about the meeting locations will be posted on this webpage above shortly.

 

Please find the Draft 2013 SUNY RFP Guidance Handbook here

 

The Institute provides this document to assist applicants in completing the September 2013 Requests for Proposals to Establish New York State Charter Schools (the “RFP”). The contents of this Guidance Handbook may be amended to account for any changes to the RFP following the public comment period.

 

Please find documents and resources from past RFP cycles here.
                           

 

  Critical Applicant Documents

  1. Updated Replication Checklist
  2. Second Guidance Update for 2014 Summer Cycle
  3. Guidance Update for 2014 Summer Cycle
  1. 2014 RFP (.pdf) (.doc)
  2. January 2014 Guidance Handbook
  3. New Application Budget Template
  4. Charter School Business Plan Overview and Requirements for Applicants
  5. Charter School Business Plan Guidance for Applicants

 


For the status of new school applications, please see the Public List page.