“SUNY’s proposal review process must generally ‘consider the demand for charter schools by the community,’ per Education Law § 2852(9-a)(b)…applicants will also be required to show evidence of community interest in and support for the school.”Approving this charter would appear to violate the intent of the law.
New York State Education Law Section 2853(3) states that in New York City "all charters authorized...shall be obliged to comply with the department's health, safety and sanitary requirements applicable to facilities to the same extent as non-charter public schools in each such city school district." It is simply impossible to ensure that these requirements are met if siting information is not included in the charter application for authorization. Moreover, since there is no mechanism at the state level to address any negative impacts on children's safety, sanitation, or health after a charter has been approved, it is absolutely imperative that these issues be thoroughly examined and addressed during the authorization process.
Sincerely, Leonie Haimson, Executive Director, Class Size Matters