A meeting of the SUNY Board of Trustees’ Charter Schools Committee was held in the afternoon of Tuesday, February 11, 2020. Attendees included Committee members and staff of the SUNY Charter Schools Institute, SUNY Board Trustees, as well as some representatives of the schools undergoing votes by the Committee. The meeting began with the Committee entering Executive Session.

The Committee addressed the following resolutions:

Applications for Charter Renewals

The Committee discussed and unanimously approved the proposed full-term renewals for the following schools:

– South Buffalo Charter School

– Merrick Academy – Queens Public Charter School

– Roosevelt Children’s Academy Charter School

– Bronx Preparatory Charter School

– Democracy Preparatory Charter School

The Committee discussed and unanimously approved the proposed 3-year renewals for the following schools:

– Finn Academy: An Elmira Charter School

– International Charter School of New York

– Storefront Academy Charter School

Visit this page to view the charter renewal applications.

Other Items 

In October of 2019, the Committee approved the early renewal of three Uncommon Schools network schools:

– Kings Collegiate Charter School

 – Leadership Preparatory Bedford Stuyvesant Charter School

– Leadership Preparatory Brownsville Charter School

In January 2020, the Board of Regents voted to reject these early renewals. During their February meeting, the Committee unanimously voted to resubmit this for final approval on the basis that these growing schools need early approvals in order to design their K-12 pathways.

Visit this page to learn more about the Uncommon resubmission.

The Academy Charter School at Uniondale submitted a proposal to revise its charter to add a high school program and provide a career and technical education option for its high school students resulting in a 2022-23 enrollment of approximately 850 students in Kindergarten through 6th grade and 9th through 11th grade. Several students and parents were present to advocate on behalf of the school. The revision was unanimously approved.

To learn more about this charter revision, visit this page.

We look forward to sharing updates from meetings from SUNY, SED, and other legislative and policy items as they occur.