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.
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New York State’s law on charter schools has changed in important ways over the years. 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.
ResourcesA Guide to New Provisions in State Law Affecting New York City Charter Schools
On April 1, 2014, New York State lawmakers approved a package of budget legislation that changed the legal landscape for New York City charter schools. The Charter Center created a detailed guide to help schools understand how the legislation impacts their work in seven key areas.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.