State University of New York
State Education Department
Policies and Practices for Reviewing Applications and
Monitoring Operations for Charter Schools
For a copy of the SED 90-day response click here.
In 1998, State legislation authorized the creation of charter
schools that operate independently of existing school districts. Applications
to create such schools may be submitted to either the State University of
New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees or the State Board of Regents. Applications
must meet certain requirements to qualify for approval. For example, they
must present evidence the anticipated enrollment for the new school can be
reached and must describe the expected impact of the school on other nearby
schools. We examined whether these requirements were met by selected applications.
We found it was not always clear how the expected enrollment would be reached
or how nearby schools would be affected by the creation of the new school.
We recommended that better guidelines be developed for these requirements.
We also found that improvements were needed in the practices used to monitor
the operations of charter schools that had been established.
For a complete copy of Report 2001-S-22 click here
For a copy of the SUNY 90-day response click here.
For a copy of the associated follow-up report click here.