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Laws + Regulations

Charter schools can innovate because they have more flexibility and autonomy than traditional public schools. At the same time, they remain closely regulated entities that use public resources to serve public school students. Charter schools must comply with New York State Charter Schools Act of 1998 (as amended), as well as many state and federal laws and regulations.

Charter School Legal Guidance and Resources.

New Provisions Passed In 2017-18 State Budget Legislation

The 2017-18 State Legislative Session and Charter Schools

As part of the agreement to extend mayoral control in New York City for two years, the Charter Center has detailed the provisions and commitments by the State Education Department and the New York City Department of Education that will affect charter schools in New York City.

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NYC Charter School Legal Brief: January 2017

In this quarterly legal update, the Charter Center’s Director of Legal Affairs looks at three cases that: examine changes to labor law governing charters; review authorizers’ non-renewal decisions; and, study a constitutional challenge to the funding system for New York’s charter schools.



New Provisions Passed In 2017-18 State Budget Legislation

New York State’s 2017-18 budget includes two significant legislative changes affecting charter schools in New York City regarding changes to the per pupil funding formula and an increase in rental assistance. The Charter Center has drafted a memo to help schools understand how this legislation impacts their work.

Student Discipline – Baseline Requirements Guide

The Charter Center created a short guide to the basic procedural requirements for due process when suspending or expelling a student, including checklists of elements that must be included to ensure students and families are aware of their rights and responsibilities.

New ELL Legal Faq

The Charter Center has developed an English Language Learner (ELL) Legal FAQ to address enrolling, identifying, and serving ELLs. This resource provides guidance to ensure that charter schools are providing instructional programs and parent communications for ELL families that are in compliance with federal laws.

Charter School Legal Guidance and Resources

The Charter Center is committed to helping existing and prospective charter schools succeed in this ever-changing environment. Please bookmark this page and check back frequently for updates.

New Provisions Passed in 2016-17 State Budget Legislation Affecting Charter Schools

New York State budget for 2016-17 contains two legislative changes affecting New York City charter schools. The Charter Center drafted a memo to help schools understand how the legislation impacts their work surrounding grant assistance funding and the simplification of the rental assistance program.

New Provisions Passed In The 2015 Legislative Session Affecting Charter Schools

On June 26, 2015, the Senate and Assembly passed new legislation regarding New York City charter schools. The Charter Center drafted a detailed memo to help schools understand how the legislation impacts their work surrounding charter cap restrictions, teacher qualification flexibility and permissive enrollment preference.

Approval, Accountability and Oversight Fact Sheet

Charter schools have greater autonomy than district schools, but are held strictly accountable for academic performance and for compliance with laws and regulations that protect students and taxpayers.

New York State’s law on charter schools has changed in important ways. In addition to raising the statewide cap on charter schools, the revised law has implications for charter school approvals, renewals, governance, programs, enrollment, facilities, and more.