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.
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.
The New York State Charter Schools Act and the charters of SUNY authorized charter schools require schools to comply with the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and New York Open Meetings Law.
Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)
Amendments to the New York Charter Schools Act of 1998 (as amended, the “Act”) in 2010, permit charter school education corporations to operate more than one charter school. Two or more existing education corporations may elect to merge into one education corporation with the authority to operate multiple charter schools pursuant to New York Education Law §§ 2852(7) and 2853(1)(b-1), and Article 9 of the New York Not-For Profit Corporation Law. Merger can benefit the schools involved by allowing common governance, common oversight, common financial accounting, shared educational programming and resources, and improved student access to the schools under the education corporation. The following guidance discusses the documents and procedures necessary to prepare for merger of education corporations, the documents required and guidance as to operations after merger has become effective.
Guide to Merging Education Corporations
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A model of the standard SUNY charter agreement.
Model Charter (5.2019
Language for the New York State Charter Schools Act with amendments made in 2010.
The federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requires all teachers and paraprofessionals, including those at charter schools, to meet certain qualifications.
NCLB_Federal Qualifications Requirements
Checklist for pre-opening activities for new and stand alone charter schools.
Pre-Opening Checklist for New and Stand Alone Charter Schools
Checklist for pre-opening activities for merged charter schools.
Pre-Opening Checklist for Merged Schools
The initial Accountability Plan is finalized during a school’s first year of operation and covers the initial “Accountability Period,” the first four years of its charter period. At the end of the Accountability Period schools develop a new Accountability Plan as part of their application for renewal.
Guidelines for Creating a SUNY Accountability Plan
View “Responses” pages for summary information regarding the proposals for the January 2014 RFP under consideration by SUNY.