Compliance Resources

There are hundreds of laws, rules and regulations on the state and federal level (and a few local) that affect charter schools.  All of these are required charter obligations (see Paragraph 7.1 of Charter Agreement).  The SUNY Charter Schools Institute largely monitors direct provisions of the Charter Schools Act, Article 56 of the Education Law, the promises made in the Charter and key elements of federal law. 

Key areas of focus are noted in the Quick Legal Reference Guide at the bottom of this page. In addition, more detailed guidance is available on the following topics:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


 

   
   
   

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Annual Report Guidance 

Applications and Admission, Recruitment (updated 12/9/13)

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Boards of Trustees (Charter School) - Compliance Issues and Key Forms

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Calendar, Reporting Deadlines

Charter Agreement (a model initial charter agreement for SUNY-authorized charter schools)

Complaints and the Charter Schools Act

Criminal Background Check Guidelines 

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Deadlines, Reporting Calendar

Discipline Resource Book (added 6/25/2013)

 

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Enrollment & Retention Targets

 

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Facilities

Fingerprinting 

Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)

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NCLB: Federal Teacher and Paraprofessional Qualification Requirements

New York Charter Schools Act of 1998

View the New York Charter Schools Act of 1998, including amendments made in May 2010.

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Pre-Opening Workbook

Prior Action Checklist for a Stand Alone School or First School of an Education Corporation (updated 8/8/13)  

Prior Action Checklist for a Merged School (updated 8/8/13)  

Protecting the Confidentiality of Student Records - FERPA

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Requests for Changes in a School’s Charter

Recruiting, Applications and Admission   

Reporting Deadlines Calendar

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Teacher Roster and Certification Information Form

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SUNY Charter Schools Institute Quick Legal Reference Guide

Subject

State Law

Federal Law

Charter Reference

Enrollment

Education Law
§ 2851(2)(i)

 

Paragraph 2.2

Grades Served

Ed. Law § 2851(2)(i)

 

Paragraph 2.2

Teacher Certification

Ed. Law § 2854(3)(a-1)

 

Paragraph 4.3

No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) Highly Qualified Teachers

 

20 U.S.C. § 6319
NCLB § 1119;

20 U.S.C. § 7801(23) (definition)

Paragraph 4.3

Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)

Public Officers Law Article 6, § 84 et seq.;
Ed. Law § 2854(1)(e)

 

Paragraph 7.3

Open Meetings Law

POL Article 7, § 100 et seq.
Ed. Law § 2854(1)(e)

 

Paragraph 7.3

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

 

20 U.S.C. §1232(g);
34 C.F.R. Part 99

 

School Board Minutes

POL § 106

 

Monitoring Plan

Governance
Board Members (No., names, quorum)

By-laws compliance

RFIs for prospective trustees

 

Ed. Law § 226(1)

Not-For-Profit Corporation Law § 602(f)

 

 

Paragraphs 2.10, 2.11

Paragraph 2.10

Paragraph 2.11

Admissions
Policies / Preferences

Lotteries

Wait Lists

Discrimination

Ed. Law § 2854(2)

 

Paragraph 2.3

Fingerprinting / Background Checks

Ed. Law § 2854(3)(a-2)

Ed. Law § 2854(3)(a-3)

 

Paragraph 4.5

Facilities Issues / Certificate of Occupancy

Ed. Law §§ 2851(2)(j), 2853(3)(a)

 

Prior Action Checklist;
Paragraphs 2.17, 2.18

School Calendar
Hours of instruction and School Days

Ed. Law § 2851(2)(n)

8 N.Y.C.R.R. §§ 175.5(a)(2), (3) (to determine minimum instructional time)

 

 

Provision of Special Education (deficiencies)

 

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et seq.;
34 C.F.R. Part 300

Paragraph 3.1

Additional Assurance and Terms (if applicable)

 

 

Exhibit D

NCLB School Improvement Provisions

 

20 U.S.C. § 6316;
NCLB § 1116