Operations and Compliance
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.
Admissions processes for SUNY authorized charter schools must meet legal requirements of an open, non-discriminatory process.
A model of the standard SUNY charter agreement.
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.
Sample SUNY closure plan, which the Institute will supply in the event of a closure.
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. This Complaints and the Charter Schools Act document provides guidance to schools for how to develop a complaint policy.
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.
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.
This Discipline Resource Book provides useful information and materials to schools for handling issues related to student discipline.
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.
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.
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.
- Guide to Open Meetings Law
- Open Meetings Law Quick Reference Guide
Checklist for prior action activities for new and stand alone charter schools.