Compliance

Compliance 2017-10-24T13:47:25+00:00

Collection of resources to assist SUNY charter schools in meeting legal and statutory requirements.

 

Annual Report

The Annual Report is required by statute and governed by regulations promulgated by the State Education Department. Guidance is available through the New York State Education Department.

Annual Report

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Application and Admissions Materials

Admissions processes for SUNY authorized charter schools must meet legal requirements of an open, non-discriminatory process.

Application and Admissions Materials

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Board Governance Guidance

This guidance provides an overview of certain components of board governance and the key documents and policies a SUNY charter school’s board will be required to adopt and abide by.

Board Governance Guidance

Click Here to view the Board Governance Guidance.

Closure Plan

Sample SUNY closure plan, which the Institute will supply in the event of a closure.

Closure Plan

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Complaint Policy Guidance

The charter agreement for all SUNY authorized charter schools requires that the school board of trustees must implement a policy to receive and handle any complaints. The Complaints and the Charter Schools Act document provides guidance to schools for how to develop a complaint policy.

Complaint Policy Guidance

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Confidentiality of Student Records

Two federal laws govern the confidentiality of students’ educational records: the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Both FERPA and IDEA apply to charter schools and district public schools. FERPA covers all education records of students enrolled in a charter school and the confidentiality provisions of IDEA apply to a subset of education records of students with disabilities.

Confidentiality of Student Records

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Criminal Background Checks and Fingerprinting

Charter school education corporations have an ongoing obligation to clear all employees prior to employment by means of a fingerprint-supported criminal background check through the New York State Education Department’s Office of School Personnel Review and Accountability including janitors, security personnel and cafeteria workers who are present when children are in the school building.

Criminal Background Checks and Fingerprinting

Charter school education corporations have an ongoing obligation to clear all employees prior to employment by means of a fingerprint-supported criminal background check through the New York State Education Department’s Office of School Personnel Review and Accountability including janitors, security personnel and cafeteria workers who are present when children are in the school building.

Discipline Resource Book

The Discipline Resource Book provides useful information and materials to schools for handling issues related to student discipline.

Discipline Resource Book

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Facilities

Guidance on the procedures regarding new, changing or expanding facilities.

Facilities

Click Here for 2017 Facilities Guidance.

Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)

The New York State Charter Schools Act and the charters of SUNY authorized charter schools require schools to comply with the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and New York Open Meetings Law.

Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)

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Guide to Child Abuse Reporting

This guidance document provides an overview of school employees’ obligations as to reporting suspected child abuse and maltreatment in and out of an educational setting.

Guide to Child Abuse Reporting

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Merger and Replication Policy

Amendments to the New York Charter Schools Act of 1998 (as amended, the “Act”) in 2010, permit charter school education corporations to operate more than one charter school. Two or more existing education corporations may elect to merge into one education corporation with the authority to operate multiple charter schools pursuant to New York Education Law §§ 2852(7) and 2853(1)(b-1), and Article 9 of the New York Not-For Profit Corporation Law. Merger can benefit the schools involved by allowing common governance, common oversight, common financial accounting, shared educational programming and resources, and improved student access to the schools under the education corporation.

Merger and Replication Policy

The following guidance discusses the documents and procedures necessary to prepare for merger of education corporations, the documents required and guidance as to operations after merger has become effective. 

Guide to Merging Education Corporations

Enrollment Template

Model Charter Agreement

A model of the standard SUNY charter agreement.

Model Charter Agreement

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New York State Charter Schools Act

New York State Charter Schools Act, as amended.

New York State Charter Schools Act

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No Child Left Behind Act Requirements

The federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requires all teachers and paraprofessionals, including those at charter schools, to meet certain qualifications.

No Child Left Behind Act Requirements

Click Here to view the NCLB Federal Qualifications Requirements.

Prior Action Checklist for New and Stand Alone Schools

Checklist for prior action activities for new and stand alone charter schools.

Prior Action Checklist for New and Stand Alone Schools

Click Here to view the Prior Action Checklist for New and Stand Alone Schools.

Prior Action Checklist for Merged Schools

Checklist for prior action activities for merged charter schools.

Prior Action Checklist for Merged Schools

Click Here to view the Prior Action Checklist for Merged Schools.