The charter committee of the State University of New York will decide whether to lower standards for charter teachers. They would be ineligible to teach in public schools because of their inferior credentials. Ironically, setting a lower standard for them is a slap in the face to the SUNY campuses, where fully qualified teachers are prepared.

This email was sent out by The chief of staff for NYC Assemblymenber Deborah Glick:

Standing Up for Teachers

The SUNY Charter School Institute is one of two agencies in New York State that grants and oversees charters at schools. Earlier this summer, the Institute proposed a change to regulations that would allow charter schools to self-certify teachers. It is shocking that a proposal has been presented to the Trustees from within SUNY to abrogate the high standards for some seeking to be teachers. These changes in regulations would undermine the teaching profession throughout New York State. All New York Students deserve a highly qualified and fully certified teacher.

Imagine that we were presented with a complaint that a health care network couldn’t find enough licensed doctors to hire for their urgent care centers. Its solution is to request authority to establish its own training program, which provides substantially less instruction time and dispenses with all the qualifying exams. This is the medical equivalent of the SUNY Charter Schools Institute proposal. It is deleterious, deeply flawed, and unacceptable.

I have been informed that the full SUNY Board of Trustees does not plan to vote on this item, but rather will defer to a vote by only the Charter School Committee. It is my understanding that the committee intends on hearing this item at their October meeting. The public notice and agenda have not yet been posted, but the meeting will be on October 11th, at SUNY Global Center, 116 East 55th Street. Meetings are generally in the morning. You can check on the SUNY Board of Trustees website for announcements, or contact my office next week. Please plan to attend to make it clear to the committee that all children deserve a fully and properly certified teacher. There will not be an opportunity for public speaking.

I have spoken out against this proposal since it was announced. I submitted comments to the SUNY Charter Institute and also wrote letters to each of the members of the Board of Trustees. Additionally, I discussed this issue on Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter, which you can listen to herr.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Sarah M Sanchala
Chief of Staff
Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick
853 Broadway, Suite 2007
New York, NY 10003
phone: 212-674-5153
fax: 212-674-5530