03
Feb-2022
Exploring the impact of Brooklyn Prospect charter schools

Brooklyn Prospect’s six schools use the curriculum of the International Baccalaureate Program leading to an IB degree. The liberal arts-focused curriculum promotes creative inquiry, problem-solving, critical thinking, personal reflection and collaborative learning and exceeds state standards.

Ward says the charter system is an important one in school choice.

“Our program focuses on providing our students with a well-rounded curriculum that includes ELA, Math but also Mandarin or Spanish language, Dance, musical theatre,” Ward said.

“We marry rigorous academics with deep care and focus on the social emotional environment our kids need to excel. Our non-selective, International Baccalaureate high school, was also recently named a NYS `Recognition School’ and ranked in the U.S. News & World Report.”

Regular instruction is supplemented with after-school programs…

Read the full article on the New York Post. 

31
Jan-2022
SUNY charter schools outperform traditional public schools

Students at many SUNY-approved charter schools are vastly outperforming their counterparts in neighboring traditional public schools in New York City, a new analysis obtained by The Post reveals.

The analysis — which involved third- through eighth-graders —was conducted by the State University of New York’s Charter Schools Institute, one of two entities that approve charters in the state…

Read the full article on the NY Post.

28
Jan-2022
Open Meetings Law Guidance Update for January 28, 2022

On January 14, 2022, Governor Hochul signed legislation (Chapter 1 of the Laws of 2022), which continues the temporary amendment to the Open Meetings Law (subdivision 103(c) of the Public Officers Law), which permits telephonic and video conference participation in charter school education corporation meetings by trustees without in-person public access at every remote site.

Through the end of the current Emergency Declaration, February 15, 2022, the following rules apply to meetings of education corporation boards:

  • Meetings must still be noticed in accordance with the Open Meetings Law but the notice does not have to include the location of every trustee who may participate via videoconference or conference telephone.
  • The meeting notice must include how the public will be able to access the meeting via telephone or videoconference (weblink).
  • The meeting must be recorded, and later transcribed, with such transcription to be available through the N.Y. Freedom of Information Law.

As a best practice, the SUNY Charter Schools Institute recommends using a school site as a videoconference location for those who do not have computer or internet access.

The Institute will provide updates if the Emergency Declaration is extended.

20
Jan-2022
SUNY Releases Final 2022 RFP

The SUNY Charter Schools Institute (the “Institute”) announces the release of the 2022 SUNY Request for Proposals (RFP) to open new charter schools in New York State. The New York Charter Schools Act of 1998 (as amended, the “Act”) requires New York’s charter authorizers to solicit applications to establish new charter schools by way of a Request for Proposals process. The statute also mandates that SUNY issue a draft RFP for public comments prior to issuing the RFP. The Institute did not receive any public comments on the draft 2022 RFP.

05
Jan-2022
2022 Request for Proposals Draft for Public Comment – Round 1 Cycle

The SUNY Charter Schools Institute (the “Institute”) announces the release of the draft of the 2022 SUNY Request for Proposals (“RFP”) to open new charter schools in New York State. The New York Charter Schools Act of 1998 (as amended, the “Act”) requires New York’s charter authorizers to solicit applications to establish new charter schools by way of a Request for Proposals process. The statute also mandates that SUNY issue a draft RFP for public comments prior to issuing the RFP.

The Institute will accept comments via email to: [email protected] through 5 P.M. on January 19, 2022.

Download: 2022 SUNY Request for Proposals (RFP)_Draft for Comment 

07
Dec-2021
Buffalo United Charter School works with trainer to improve behavior and motivate students

A Buffalo Charter School is trying a unique method to improve behavior in the classroom.

Buffalo United is working with resilience trainer Duncan Kirkwood to improve behavior and motivate students. One of their new strategies is to reward one student per month who demonstrates the most growth in behavior and academics.

Kirkwood says the pandemic has changed students, that they’ve been at home for so long, they have forgotten how to sit still in class.

Read the full story on WIVB…

24
Oct-2021
How Can Schools Know If Their Services and Supports Are Actually Driving Meaningful Student Learning? The ‘Active Ingredients’ Project Has Some Answers

“We have a partnership with a regional food bank,” a principal once told me on a school visit. “Each Friday, every eligible student gets a red backpack full of food for the weekend. … And when the parents show up (to refill the backpack each week), a reading specialist leads a 20-minute program on tactics for oral reading fluency and comprehension … and provides them with both a take home cheat sheet and additional materials.”

I was intrigued. This was an innovative approach to tackling food insecurity — a chronic problem in schools that serve economically disadvantaged students — but also to engaging parents in their children’s education. “What improvement in student reading are you seeing?” I asked.

Read the full op-ed on The 74…

06
Oct-2021
The school that aspires to be a basketball factory – New York Times

From the moment Naimah Pearson heard there would be a new charter school in the Bronx focused on basketball, she wanted to go. She did not know much about Earl Monroe, the Hall of Fame player for whom the school is named, and was aware she would have a complicated, hourlong commute from the South Bronx to get there every day.

But a school centered on basketball, with a curriculum devoted to every aspect of the sport’s vast and growing ecosystem? That was surely for her, she told her parents. So she entered a lottery and won a spot in the first ninth-grade class at the Earl Monroe New Renaissance Basketball School, temporarily located in Pelham Bay.

Read the full story on the New York Times…

23
Sep-2021
Icahn 3 Charter School Recognized with National Blue Ribbon
Three schools in the Bronx and Brooklyn were among the 325 recognized Blue Ribbon Schools for 2021.
According to the Department of Education, the recognition is “based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.”
Icahn Charter School 3 (Bronx), P.S. 249 Caton and The School for Future Leaders (Brooklyn) were among the 19 schools from New York on this year’s list.

Read full story on News 12 The Bronx…

17
Sep-2021
Rebuilding the Future: New Tech, New School, New Year at Amber Charter Schools

Heidi Hamilton is the Chief Real Estate, Facilities, & Legal Officer for Amber Charter Schools in New York City. She joins podcast host Andrew Southern on this episode of Redesigning Normal to talk about how her organization handled the pandemic and how they hope to move forward.

Heidi discusses several COVID prevention measures, including collaborating with an architect to configure the buildings for social distancing and securing private testing (free testing was not available to charter schools)…

Listen to the podcast