All New York charter schools are subject to the requirements of New York State's Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). FOIL is a New York State law that provides the public an avenue to access certain records of public agencies, and it explicitly applies to charters under the Charter Schools Act of 1998.
FOIL is a complicated statute; this FAQ document answers many questions that charter schools may have about their requirements under FOIL. Find out what documents are subject to FOIL, as well as the many categories of documents that are not. Also learn about the deadlines and leeway you have in responding to FOIL requests. This FAQ gives you easy access to the text of FOIL as well as other pertinent resources. As with any resource we provide about legal issues, this FAQ is not meant as legal advice to a specific issue your school may encounter, and we strongly urge you to seek professional legal counsel. Please contact Michael Regnier, Director of Policy & Research, with any questions you have; we are always here to help.