Key components of this section are:
Accountability Plans and Progress Reports
Providing comprehensive guidance regarding the development of a school's initial accountability plan and the subseqently required annual accountability plan progress reports. Progress made in meeting accountability plan goals is a key factor in the Trustees' decision about whether or not to renew a school's charter.
The Compliance Resources component of the site provides quick access to legal and compliance resources designed to help SUNY authorized charter schools answer common questions and address common challenges on issues ranging from protecting the confidentiality of student information to requirements of charter school board of trustee members.
While the Board of Trustees has the obligation and authority to hold charter
schools accountable through a number of means during the charter period
(including revoking a school’s charter), the requirement that a
school apply and be approved for renewal on a periodic basis is at the
core of the Act’s charter school accountability bargain. Renewal,
and the review that the State University conducts, is, therefore, a high-stakes
process for charter schools and, of course, the parents of students enrolled
in those schools. This component of the site provides the University’s
comprehensive guidelines for renewal, details the various types of renewal,
and includes the various renewal applications necessary to begin the renewal
The foundation of the Fiscal Operation Resources component is the reference
guide for completing audits of charter schools; a key resources for school
leaders, business officers and finance staff. Additional resources
will continue to be added to provide SUNY Authorized Charter Schools with
a quick reference point for guidance on addressing the fiscal challenges
of charter school operation.
The component of the website provides comprehensive guidance and application
forms to SUNY Authorized Charter Schools about three potential sources
for grant funding: New York State Stimulus Grants; Federal Public
Charter Schools Program Planning and Implementation Grant Program; and
the NYC Charter School Planning Grants. Additional resources on
successful grant writing and other grant opportunities will continually
be added here.
Institute School Visit Reports
A central component of the Institute’s evaluative oversight system is a schedule of periodic visits to, and inspections of, charter schools, resulting in letters and reports to the school’s board of trustees. Renewal visit reports build on the findings of the existing visit reports; they serve as the primary vehicles by which the Trustees determine whether or not to renew a school's charter.
Quick access to the latest charter school performance results from the
State Education Department and the New York City Department of Education. Institute analyses and national studies will also be added here.