Schools Invited to Register for the Gilder Lehrman Institute Affiliate School Program

All 167 schools authorized by the SUNY Charter Schools Institute are invited to register for Gilder Lehrman’s Affiliate School Program. The Gilder Lehrman Collection is the largest private collection of primary source documents on the Revolutionary War. The Institute has developed a variety of programs for schools and teachers in all fifty states, which include tens of thousands of teachers and over one million students. These programs have been recognized and awarded by the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Organization of American Historians, and more.

This free program, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, is open to all K-12 schools teaching American History, and includes a variety of benefits (such as free classroom materials, a free Traveling Exhibition, and exclusive eligibility for Student Essay Contests and Teacher Seminars). 

Teachers can visit gilderlehrman.org/register to create a free account with the Institute and register their school as an Affiliate; the process should take less than three minutes.

Closure Plan

Sample SUNY closure plan, which the Institute will supply in the event of a closure.                                                                                                   

Closure Plan

Announcing the 2016-17 State Stimulus Fund Grant Request for Proposals

The SUNY Charter Schools Institute, acting on behalf of the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York, is pleased to announce that it will accept applications for New York State Charter Schools Stimulus Fund (“SSF”) grants in support of charter school facility projects with bonus points available for performing arts programs/projects.

Schools authorized by SUNY, the Chancellor of the New York City School District, the Board of Regents/New York State Education Department and the Buffalo Board of Education are all potentially qualified schools under this Request for Proposals.

Pursuant to a 2016-17 State budget appropriation, SUNY has $1.6 million in SSF funding available to award to eligible charter school applicants regardless of authorizer. Proposals for schools located outside of New York City will receive an additional 10 points.

More information on how to apply is available here

Workshop: What New York City Charter Schools Need to Know about Tax-Exempt Bond Financing

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP will be hosting a workshop titled, “Facilities Independence: What New York City Charter Schools Need to Know about Tax Exempt Bond Financing” on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Attendees will explore if their schools can secure facility independence by using the bond market as a source of financing, and will hear how the Bronx Charter School for Excellence went through the process. For more information, and to RSVP please click here.

SUNY Announces Second Fall 2016 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 response to the January 2016 Request for Proposals (“RFP”) open to charter schools in New York State, including New York City. The January 2016 RFP provided one opportunity to submit proposals (the “Spring Cycle”, which concluded in June 2016) and reserved the right of the Institute to issue a second call for proposals (the “Fall Cycle”). The Institute is now issuing a call for 2016 Fall Cycle applications.

Fall Cycle applicants should regularly check this page for further information and updates.



NCSRC is Hosting a Webinar: I Just Joined a Charter School Board … Now What?

The National Charter School Resource Center is hosting a webinar titled, “I Just Joined a Charter School Board … Now What?” on Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 1:00pm – 2:15pm (ET). For more information, please use the link below. Please, click here to register.




SUNY Trustees Approve Eight New Charter Schools

Upon recommendation of the SUNY Charter Schools Institute, the SUNY Board of Trustees’ Charter Schools Committee (the “Committee”), acting on behalf of the full SUNY Board of Trustees, today approved eight resolutions to approve eight new charter schools. All of the schools will be located in New York City with four in the Bronx, two in Brooklyn and two in Queens.

To view the press release, click here.

SUNY Trustees Approve Four Applications for New Charter Schools and Renew Five Charter Schools

Upon recommendation of the SUNY Charter Schools Institute, the SUNY Board of Trustees’ Charter Schools Committee (the “Committee”), acting on behalf of the full SUNY Board of Trustees, today approved four resolutions to approve four applications for new charter schools. Three of these schools will be located in the Bronx and one will be located in Buffalo. The Committee also approved five resolutions to renew five SUNY authorized charter schools located in New York City—in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan.

Click here to view the press release.

Proposals Submitted in Response to the 2016 RFP

The State University of New York Board of Trustees (“SUNY Trustees”), in its capacity as a charter authorizer, has received proposals in response to the 2016 SUNY Request for Proposals. The deadline for this round of applications was March 29, 2016.  The public list indicates only receipt of a proposal. Inclusion in 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.

Click here to view the public list. 

Letters of Intent Received by the Institute

The Public List of the Letters of Intent submitted in response to the 2016 SUNY Request for Proposals is now available.