Public comment period on SUNY charter school proposal
The SUNY Charter School Committee is proposing to allow its charter schools in New York state to set up and operate their own teacher preparation programs and system for certification.
If this proposal is approved, it would allow charter school operators to:
These subpar programs would fall far short of the state's teacher certification requirements and would fail to meet professional standards for curriculum, national accreditation, supervised student teaching, and other requirements.
Please speak out against this proposal, which would create a new, lower tier of teacher preparation and so-called "certification" for charter school teachers. To read SUNY's full charter school proposal go to "Links" at the bottom of this webpage.
The SUNY Charter School Committee has set up a 45-day comment period on the proposal.
You can submit your comments via email or U.S. Mail.
Click here to email comments to SUNY Charter School Institute.
Mail comments to: Ralph A. Rossi II, SUNY Charter Schools Institute, 41 State Street, Suite 700, Albany, New York 12207.
What's the link between charter schools, political donations and teacher certification in New York? - The Washington Post, Aug. 2, 2017
Capitol Pressroom interview with Assemblymember Deborah Glick - WCNY public radio, Sept. 21, 2017
Failing Charter Schools Have a Reincarnation Plan - ProPublica, Sept. 19, 2017
Do Test Scores Measure "Success?" - Alan Singer for The Huffington Post, Aug. 30, 2017
State ed officials rip into 'insulting' SUNY charter proposal and 'outrageous' Success Academy chair - Chalkbeat, Aug. 16, 2017
How Charter Schools Buy Political Support - HuffPost, Aug. 10, 2017
Capitol Pressroom interview with Carol Burris - WCNY public radio, Aug. 8, 2017
Teacher turnover at SUNY-authorized charter schools
Teachers without valid certification at SUNY-authorized charter schools
Student suspensions at SUNY-authorized charter schools
Average NYS teacher turnover rates were 11 percent in 2015-16, according to the NYS Education Department.
Nearly all (117) of 120 SUNY charter schools with posted teacher turnover rates exceed the statewide average:
The committee's rationale is that charter schools have "difficulty hiring teachers in accordance with the requirements of the regulations of the commissioner of education."
Yet, teacher turnover in the SUNY charter schools is substantially higher than teacher turnover in public schools.
We believe SUNY's charter schools--including Success Academy--want a shortcut to avoid the real reasons why they have difficulty attracting and retaining qualified teachers. This less rigorous, lower-tier training would hurt charter school students, who would be taught by unqualified teachers.
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