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:

04
Jun-2014
Final Public List from Spring Cycle

Final Public List for the January 2014 Request for Proposals (RFP) Spring Cycle. 

04
Jun-2014
Charter Renewal Handbook

The Renewal Handbook is a comprehensive resource for SUNY authorized charter schools, compiling the information needed as they plan for, and apply to, the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York for renewal.

2014 Charter Renewal Handbook

03
Jun-2014
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.

Guidelines for Conducting Employee Criminal Background Checks

02
Jun-2014
Discipline Resource Book

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

Discipline Resource Book

 

31
May-2014
Facilities

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

2016 Facilites Guidance

 

30
May-2014
SUNY announces second 2014 RFP cycle

SUNY announces second 2014 Request for Proposals (RFP) cycle for New York City applicants. Please visit the current RFP page for more information. 

30
May-2014
SUNY Announces Second Summer 2014 RFP Cycle

The SUNY Charter Schools Institute (“Institute”), on behalf of the SUNY Board of Trustees, is pleased to announce a second opportunity to submit a proposal to open new charter schools in New York City in response to the January 2014 Request for Proposals (“RFP”). The January 2014 RFP provided one opportunity to submit proposals (the “Spring Cycle”, which concludes in early June) and reserved the right of the Institute to issue a second call for proposals (the “Summer Cycle”). The Institute is now issuing a call for 2014 Summer Cycle applications in New York City.

Please note that the Summer Cycle is limited to applicants intending to locate in New York City. Due to the limited timeframe New York City applicants have to qualify for facility funding, coupled with the overall volume of charter oversight duties facing SUNY in 2014, this second round is limited to those applicants seeking to open a school in New York City in the fall of 2015. All other applicants are encouraged to watch the Institute website for an anticipated January 2015 RFP release and prepare proposals to submit to the Institute in 2015 to open charter schools in fall of 2016.

Note that the 2010 Amendments to the New York Charter Schools Act limit the number of charters SUNY may issue through the RFP process, and further limited the number that SUNY may issue in New York City. At this time, SUNY holds approximately 12 charters that may be issued in New York City through the RFP process. Accordingly, the Summer Cycle of the January 2014 RFP may be the last opportunity for applicants to submit proposals to SUNY to open charter schools in New York City.

Summer Cycle applicants should regularly check this page for further information and updates. The Institute anticipates posting additional Summer Cycle guidance in early June.