05
Jun-2014
Financial Oversight Handbook

The Institute will be releasing an updated Financial Oversight Handbook designed to be a comprehensive resource for SUNY authorized charter schools in navigating financial accountability. 

05
Jun-2014
Charter Revision Template

When requesting a charter revision SUNY authorized charter schools must submit an updated budget using the appropriate template.

Charter Revision Budget Template

 

05
Jun-2014
Renewal Financial Template

As part of the charter renewal process, SUNY authorized charter schools must submit financial information using the appropriate template. 

Template:

05
Jun-2014
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. 

Charter School Annual Report Guidelines

 

05
Jun-2014
SUNY Renewal Benchmarks

The SUNY Renewal Benchmarks provide a framework for the Institute to gather and evaluate evidence to determine whether a school has made an adequate case for renewal. In addition, the Benchmarks provide schools with a guide to understanding the Institute’s evaluative criteria. School leaders should be fully aware of the content of the Benchmarks at the time of renewal. 

SUNY Renewal Benchmarks

04
Jun-2014
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. 

Complaints and the Charter Schools Act

04
Jun-2014
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. 

Included in the briefing and broken out separately are a series of forms that may be useful in implementing confidentiality policies and procedures. These forms are samples only. While charter schools may use them as part of their policies, schools should feel free to use their own, so long as those forms capture the information required by law. 

Guidance:

Forms:

 

 

04
Jun-2014
SUNY Trustees Approve Seven New Charter Schools

Seven new charter schools were approved by the SUNY Board of Trustees Charter Schools Committee. Six are located in New York City and one in Elmira. 

SUNY Charter Schools Institute Press Release and final Public List for the January 2014 RFP Spring Cycle. 

Summary of Findings Report: