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Charter schools welcome all students, including students with special needs and English language learners. Charter schools do not select students based upon their academic background.
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.

In order to show real alternatives for the larger public school system, charter schools were intended to receive equal public funding: no more and no less than local district schools, on a per-student basis. While this equity does not yet extend to facilities funding, charter schools’ operating funds come from a per-pupil formula based on what the local district spends.

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 the public. Charter schools were created by the New York Charter Schools Act of 1998 (since amended), as well as city and state laws and regulations, and federal education law.