11
Jan-2019
Proposals Submitted in Response to the 2019 RFP Round 1 Spring Cycle

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 2019 SUNY Request for Proposals Round 1 Spring Cycle. The deadline for this round of applications was January 9, 2019. 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.

02
Jan-2019
Clarification of Replicator Eligibility

The Institute has noted some confusion regarding the Applicant Eligibility section of the 2019 RFP Request for Replication Proposals. The Institute intended the language in the RFP to allow proposals from education corporations opening all unopened charters consistent with the opening dates indicated either at the time of proposal approval, or after the standard allowed one or two authorizer approved planning years under Section 3.1 of SUNY Charter Agreement. The Institute has clarified the Applicant Eligibility section of the 2019 RFP’s Request for Replication Proposals as set forth below. In fairness to all applicants, the Institute will permit any otherwise eligible applicant to submit an Intent to Apply Form and Proposal any time prior to the January 9, 2019 Proposal deadline.

12
Dec-2018
SUNY Releases Final 2019 RFP

The SUNY Charter Schools Institute (“Institute”) announces the release of the 2019 SUNY Request for Proposals (“RFP”) to open new charter schools in New York State, including New York City.  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.

To view the standard application, click here.
To view the replication application, click here.

For the response to public comments received on the draft RFP, click here.

16
Nov-2018
SUNY Releases 2019 RFP Draft for Comment

The SUNY Charter Schools Institute, on behalf of the SUNY Board of Trustees, is pleased to announce the release of the Draft 2019 SUNY Request for Proposals (“RFP”) to establish new charter schools, and for existing education corporations to operate additional schools. The Charter Schools Act of 1998 (as amended) requires SUNY to accept charter school applications by way of a Request for Proposals process. The statute mandates that SUNY issue a draft RFP for public comment prior to issuing the final RFP.

The Institute welcomes your comments and encourages you to share the draft document broadly. 

The Institute will accept comments via email to: charters@suny.edu and via mail to: SUNY Charter Schools Institute, SUNY Plaza, 353 Broadway, Albany, NY 12246, through 5 P.M. on December 5, 2018.

The Institute will review any written comments received by the deadline and consider the comments in finalizing the RFP. The Institute anticipates releasing the final 2019 RFP and a summary of the comments and the Institute’s corresponding responses on December 12, 2018.

2019 Standard Application – Draft for Comment
2019 Replicator Application – Draft for Comment

18
Oct-2018
SUNY Trustees Approve Four Applications for New Charter Schools and Renew Two Charter Schools

Upon recommendation of the SUNY Charter Schools Institute, the SUNY Board of Trustees’ Charter Schools Committee (“Committee”), acting on behalf of the full SUNY Board of Trustees, today approved 4 resolutions to approve 4 new charter schools and 2 resolutions to renew 2 charter schools.

To view the press release, click here.

 

 

04
Oct-2018
SUNY Trustees Approve Eight Applications for Eleven New Charter Schools

Upon recommendation of the SUNY Charter Schools Institute, the SUNY Board of Trustees’ Charter Schools Committee (“Committee”), acting on behalf of the full SUNY Board of Trustees, today approved 8 resolutions to approve 11 new charter schools in and around New York City.

To view the press release, click here.

12
Sep-2018
APPR Submission Deadline Update

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This year, the New York State Education Department (“NYSED”) significantly delayed the release of the aggregated 3rd through 8th grade assessment results in English language arts and mathematics. Each year, SUNY authorized charter schools rely on this public release of data to complete the required Accountability Plan Progress Report (“APPR”), typically due on September 15.  (This year, September 15 falls on a Saturday so the due date was pushed to the following Monday.)  As forecasted in the Institute’s memorandum from June 25, the Institute will push back the due date for the APPR to accommodate the state’s delay in releasing the scores.  The APPR is not due on September 17 as originally planned.  Although NYSED released the embargoed student level data on Monday, August 27 through the state’s L2RPT portal, their memo indicates that the public data release is currently expected in “late September”.  Without a precise date for the NYSED’s release of those data, the Institute cannot yet provide an updated due date for the APPR.  

Once the state announces its public data release date, the Institute will update the due date for the APPR and will notify schools in two ways.  Schools currently enrolled in and interacting with Epicenter will notice an adjusted due date for the task of submitting the APPR there.  The Institute will also transmit a memo indicating the revised date.  As a reminder, the due date for cohort data submissions for SUNY authorized schools enrolling 9th through 12th grades remains September 17, 2018.  For standalone high schools enrolling only students in grades 9 – 12, the deadline to submit the APPR also remains September 17, 2018. Please contact the Institute via email at charters@suny.edu, should you have any questions about completing or submitting the APPR.  

For more information, please see this memo about the embargoed release of the 2018 Grades 3-8 Test Results.

Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.

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24
Aug-2018
Announcing the new Pace-Gilder Lehrman MA in American History Program – Applications Now Open!

The new 30-credit Pace–Gilder Lehrman MA in American History Program, via a partnership with Pace University, allows you to pursue a master’s degree on your own schedule, from anywhere in the world. For more information, please click here.

08
Aug-2018
All Schools: Register for Epicenter Training and Request User Account Setup Now!

As we prepare for the 2018 – 2019 school year, the Institute strives to streamline existing processes and optimize time-saving strategies.  Over the past several months we have been working with the National Charter Institute to develop Epicenter, a cloud-based system that will streamline managing compliance and submissions to the Institute. Schools will provide all required submissions, such as quarterly reports, financial audits, and board meeting minutes directly through Epicenter and no longer through email or the Institute’s website.
 
We will begin collecting required submissions through Epicenter in the fall. First, users need to be identified and established. Secondly, those users will sign up for an Epicenter training. Finally, schools will be able to submit required documents directly through Epicenter.

This system will require individual user login for online access. It is recommended to have 2-3 users, but no more than 5 per school. When considering staff to identify as users, please consider your school’s current processes and who currently submits required reports and other materials to the Institute. This may include external consultants. Each user should have strong technical ability and the capacity to navigate web-based systems. The primary data administrator will be required to have access to Epicenter in order to submit any student-level data.  Therefore, please include them in your list of Epicenter users.
 
Please email the Institute at charter.admin@suny.edu to request user set up. When submitting a user request, please include the following information for each user:

  • First and Last Name
  • Ed. Corp Name 
  • School name
  • Title 
  • Email Address
  • Epicenter Team Lead – yes/no (to be lead in communication/troubleshooting)
  • Primary data administrator – yes/no

 
Once this information is submitted, our internal team of Epicenter administrators will establish users. Each user will receive an email directly from Epicenter prompting them to complete a user profile. This will include establishing a username and password for login purposes. Several school representatives have already reached out to establish user accounts – Thank you!
 
We will collaborate with the National Charter Institute to offer Epicenter training in August and strongly encourage all users to participate to ensure a high level of success in understanding the system.  Training will be web-based and will require internet access.  Training will cover an introduction to Epicenter and walk users through the submission process. They will be approximately 1 – 1.5 hours in length and offer opportunity for direct Q&A with both Epicenter staff as well as Institute staff. Click here to register for one of the trainings listed below.
 
Thursday, August 9th 10 – 11:30 am
Thursday, August 16th 1:30 – 3 pm
Thursday, August 23rd 10 am – 11:30 am
Thursday, August  30th 10 am – 11:30 am
 

The first set of submissions to be managed through Epicenter will be:
 

Submission

       Due Date

Accountability Plan Progress Report 

       September 15, 2018

Annual Financial Audit

       November 1, 2018

Q1 Financial Report

       November 15, 2018

 
 
Some additional resources to get a jump start on getting to know Epicenter can be found:

 
We appreciate your patience as we work together and will be available to support your school to be successful throughout this process. We are excited and look forward to getting started in Epicenter!

10
Jul-2018
Proposals Submitted in Response to the 2018 RFP Round 2 Fall Cycle

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 2018 SUNY Request for Proposals Round 2 Fall Cycle. The deadline for this round of applications was June 26, 2018. 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.