Albany – The State University of New York Board of Trustees voted today to
appoint Jonas S. Chartock as Executive Director of the SUNY Charter Schools
Institute. Mr. Chartock previously served as the Founding President and Chief
Executive Officer of the Charter School Policy Institute (CSPI) in Austin, Texas, a position he has held since 2005.
"Jonas Chartock is a highly regarded leader in the
national charter school community,” said Chairman Carl T. Hayden. “We are
delighted that he will be bringing his expertise to the Charter Schools
Institute—itself broadly recognized for high quality authorizing practices—to
build on the Institute’s successes and move this important organization to the
“Jonas Chartock has an energy and enthusiasm for high
quality public education that is inspiring,” said Board of Trustees Vice
Chairman Randy A. Daniels, who also chairs the Trustees’ Committee on Charter
Schools. “We are excited to be bringing someone of his caliber to the Institute
where he will provide leadership in the vitally important work of giving
children—particularly those in urban areas—the opportunity for a better public
In his capacity as Founding President and Chief Executive
Officer of CSPI, Mr. Chartock provided overall strategic and tactical
leadership to the organization, managing all daily operations and executing the
policies of the CSPI board of directors. He served as a liaison to
constituents, funders, other charter organizations, and the general public
regarding the issue of public school choice and developed and directed programs
providing high quality, web-based policy and research including hosting public
forums and publishing series of reports and policy briefs.
"I am incredibly excited by the opportunity to join the
Charter Schools Institute and to work in support of high quality public
education across New York State,” said Mr. Chartock. “SUNY is highly regarded
as a charter authorizer, and I look forward to working with Institute staff,
the State University Trustees, and the SUNY community to build on existing
strengths and explore new opportunities, particularly in the areas of research
and collaboration.” Mr. Chartock will be based in Albany.
Prior to joining CSPI, Mr. Chartock served as Executive
Director of Teach For America in Houston, Texas, where he was responsible for
maximizing the organization's impact on the educational equity in Houston;
managing both a regional staff and board of directors dedicated to ensuring the
effectiveness of over 500 first- and second-year teachers. Mr. Chartock also
played a key role in the nationwide development of Teach For America. Mr.
Chartock began his professional career as a teacher in the Compton Unified School District in Compton, California.
Mr. Chartock is an Ed.D. candidate at the University of Texas at Austin, with an anticipated degree date spring of 2009. He holds an
Ed.M. in School Leadership from the Harvard University Graduate School of
Education; an M.A. in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman
University; and a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell
University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He holds the
Massachusetts Principal Certification, a California Professional Clear Multiple
Subject Teaching Credential (K-6), and anticipates his Texas Superintendent
Certification in June of this year. Mr. Chartock will receive a salary of
$185,000 and will have use of a vehicle.
Mr. Chartock replaces Mr. James D. Merriman, who served the
Institute from 1999 - 2006, and who currently serves as Chief Executive Officer
of the New York City Center for Charter School Excellence. “We are indebted to
Dr. Jennifer G. Sneed who, as the Institute’s Senior Vice President, did a
terrific job in leading the Institute throughout the exhaustive national
search,” said Daniels.
About the Charter School Institute
The New York Charter Schools Act of 1998 granted the Board
of Trustees of the State University of New York the power to authorize 100
charters, for the purpose of organizing and operating independent and
autonomous public charter schools offering instruction in Kindergarten through
12th grade. There are currently 43 SUNY authorized charter schools operating
across New York State, serving just over 14,000 students.
The Charter Schools Institute was created by the Board of
Trustees in February 1999 to assist it in carrying out its responsibilities
under the Act. Guided by the rigorous standards set by the Board of Trustees,
the Institute’s oversight of SUNY authorized charter schools is comprehensive,
including: evaluating initial applications for the opening of charter schools;
providing technical assistance and guidance to schools where necessary;
requiring schools to take remedial action or placing schools on probation;
conducting a comprehensive evaluation when a school applies to renew its
charter; and reporting to the school and the public on each school’s
performance and progress.
The State University Trustees and the Charter Schools
Institute were featured in a recent United States Department of Education guide
on high quality charter authorizing, Supporting Charter School Excellence
Through Quality Authorizing. SUNY was nominated and selected after a rigorous
review process—chosen from over 800 charter authorizers nationally—and is one
of only eight charter authorizers profiled.
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