The Office of School Innovation is responsible for setting the Department’s new schools policy environment. The State’s school turnaround and re-design efforts are located in this office, along with oversight of the New York's public charter schools. School and health and safety efforts are also under the purview of this office.
The School Innovation team works to create optimal state-level policy and operating conditions for dramatic district-level and school-level intervention and improvement work, ensuring that local educational agencies can build on successful and innovative practices. The team oversees the day-to-day charter school authorizing and oversight work of the Board of Regents; and sets state-level policy to support Safe Schools and Healthy Students.