On April 1, 2014, New York State lawmakers approved a package of legislation that changed how New York City charter schools are provided with facilities. These laws allow new or expanding charter schools to request space in city-owned buildings through a process called co-location (two or more public schools sharing space in one building). If the city determines that space is not available in the district where the charter school will be operating, it must provide rental assistance for the school to pay for a private facility.

Prior to this new legislation, charter schools were either granted space in district-owned buildings through co-location or had to pay for private facilities with their operating funds – money intended for use inside the classroom.

Please refer to the Charter Center’s Guide to New Provisions in State Law Affecting New York City Charter Schools for more information.

A list of resources related to siting a charter school and requesting a facility upgrade for a charter school in a NYC DOE building.