The State University of New York (SUNY) is the largest comprehensive university system in the country with 64 institutions educating approximately 468,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs, and nearly 2 million in workforce and professional development programs.
The Charter Schools Act of 1998 provided the SUNY Board of Trustees authorizing power to grant 230 charters for the purpose of organizing and operating independent and autonomous public charter schools. SUNY is the largest university-based authorizer of charter schools in the country.
SUNY is proud to play a leading role in the implementation of the New York State Charter Schools Act. As a charter authorizer, the State University Trustees have set high standards for the creation of New York charter schools. Those standards—balancing respect for school autonomy with the need to hold schools strictly accountable—have resulted in a model for charter authorizing that is yielding positive results that complement SUNY’s overall commitment to academic excellence and our existing outreach to K-12 schools.
That outreach includes preparing New York’s best and brightest K-12 teachers. Through education programs at 17 campuses, SUNY graduates account for more than 30 percent of all college and university-recommended teaching certificates granted by the State Education Department. An impressive 96 percent of SUNY trained teachers pass State certification examinations. Further, individual SUNY colleges and universities have expansive outreach efforts to their neighboring K-12 schools; programs for high achievers, programs designed to generate interest in math and science, teacher mentoring and more.
Charter schools complement SUNY’s ongoing commitment to accessible, high-quality education—at all grade levels—for all New York State students.
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