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 and that
complements the State University’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 all State University students
pass State certification examinations). And SUNY's New Vision for
Teacher Education initiative has made those programs even stronger by
implementing rigorous new curricular and student teaching requirements.
Further, our individual 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 much more.
Charter schools are a powerful complement to the State University’s
ongoing commitment to accessible, high quality education—at all grade
levels—for all New York state students.
We invite you to learn more about SUNY and its Charter Schools Institute,
and to join the University in embracing the kind of positive change that
promises a brighter future for all New Yorkers.