Statement from SUNY Charter Schools Institute
        Senior Vice President Jennifer G. Sneed on Charter Cap Lift

                       New York State Charter Cap Lifted to 200;
                  SUNY Trustees to Award 50 of 100 New Charters

We are very pleased that the New York State Legislature, with the support of Governor Eliot Spitzer, voted yesterday to lift the statutory cap on new charter schools.

The enacted legislation, further amending the New York Charter Schools Act of 1998, adds 100 additional charters, including 50 to be awarded by the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York.

SUNY authorized charter schools have waiting lists totaling more than 8,000 students. This will certainly be welcome news for the parents of these students, as well as parents throughout New York State who are seeking high quality, tuition-free choices about where to send their children to school.

The SUNY Charter Schools Institute was created by the SUNY Board to assist it in carrying out its responsibilities under the Act. We are actively reviewing the new legislative language to determine what revisions are needed to our Application Kit and related processes. We hope to issue more specific information and guidance regarding submitting a new (initial) application to establish a charter school before the end of the month.

In the interim, for those who are contemplating or in the process of developing an application, the Institute’s website, particularly the section entitled: Open a New York Charter School ( remains a valuable resource. This section of the site contains additional information on the Institute’s plans to update our application and related policies to align with the amended legislation.


Contact: Cynthia M. Proctor
Charter Schools Institute
State University of New York
41 State Street, Suite 700

Albany, New York 12207
518/433-8277, ext. 2051