Free, Public, Open to All
Charter schools are free, public schools that operate independently from traditional school districts. Like district schools, charter schools are publicly funded, but operate independently. A charter school’s independence comes with increased accountability. Any charter not fulfilling their educational mission runs the risk of being closed by their respective authorizer.
New York’s two charter school authorizers— the New York Board of Regents and SUNY Charter Schools Institute— manage and approve the “charters” under which these schools operate.
This model gives educators more freedom in creating specialized curricula, thus allowing students and families more flexibility in choosing an education that is right for them.