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City Grants for Charter Schools

Each year, the Borough Presidents’ offices and New York City Council members distribute millions of dollars in public funds through discretionary grant programs. Public schools and non-profit organizations use these grants for everything from purchasing new technology and sports equipment to refurbishing playgrounds, science labs and auditoriums.

The Charter Center held a webinar to show schools how easy it is to apply for these funds and to share examples of successful recent applications.

Best Practices for Using Lottery Preferences

Running a lottery is a crucial aspect of your school’s enrollment process, but there are numerous ways to approach it. Your school’s lottery process can shape your student body, promote diversity, or support your effort to meet enrollment targets. These resources will guide you through lottery procedures, including: the difference between a set-aside, a priority and a preference; enrollment targets and rules for using preferences and current enrollment best practices.

New Rules for Overtime Wages

New U.S. Department of Labor rules on overtime wages are effective as of December 1, 2016. The Charter Center hosted a webinar that examines these changes, notably that the threshold salary for an employee that meets one of the exemption categories has risen to $47,476 annually. We recommend that all schools familiarize themselves with the new rules and understand what changes, if any, need to be made at their school.

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PDF iconBe In The Know: New DOL Rules on Overtime [Webinar Audio]

Participatory Budgeting

These webinars explain how charter schools can take advantage of the participatory budgeting process in NYC, which gives access to millions of dollars in discretionary funding for capital projects with grassroots participation. Get your students involved!

Facilities: For Charters Co-Located in DOE Buildings

The NYC DOE sets clear campus guidelines for schools co-located in DOE buildings whether they are district or charter schools. The DOE Division of Space Management Co-Location Handbook spells out the philosophy and protocols for shared campuses. It includes sections on the Building Response Team, Safety Planning, custodial services, and the building council.

For campuses with charter schools, the work of the building council is supplemented by a shared space committee.

Becoming Your Own School Food Authority (SFA)

This webinar, conducted by NYC food service expert, Geoffrey Ramsey, and a charter school Director of Operations who has gone through the process of becoming a School Food Authority, was originally presented to new school teams as part of the 2013 Start Right program. It provides an overview of food service options that are available to charter schools as well as the steps for schools to follow to become their own School Food Author

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