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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.

Policy Exemplars for Charter Applications

Both New York State Charter School Authorizers require prospective new schools to include a complete set of Policies and Procedures. 

The following examples are included in documents below: Special Education Policy; English Language Learners Policy; Personnel Policy; Bylaws; Code of Ethics; Complaint Procedure Policy; Open Meetings Policy; Conflict of Interest Policy; Petition of Interest or Support; Budgets; Financial Controls. Admissions Policy; Discipline Policy, Special Education Provisions; Food Service Policy; Health Service Policy; FOIL Policy; and Dissolution Policy.

General Municipal Law

Charter schools are subject to New York Municipal Law Sections 800-806. Charters, therefore must have codes of ethics and conflict of interest policies. In addition, after New York State enacted the Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013, schools must also have whistle-blower policies. See below for some exemplars. Schools should continue to consult with their own counsel when creating these policies.

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PDF iconGeneral Municipal Law FAQ (2010)
Microsoft Office document iconConflicts of Interest Policy and Whistleblower Policy Templates
Microsoft Office document iconModel Code of Ethics
PDF iconEthics for Trustees and Employees of Charter Schools (2010)

Charter Renewal

In addition to hosting regular discussions with the authorizers, the Charter Center has collected these resources and exemplars to assist schools facing the complex project of writing the renewal application and preparing for the renewal evaluation visit.

SUNY CSI Renewal Resources, including Handbook, Benchmarks, Application and Recent Renewal Reports at SUNY CSI Renewal.

Family Handbook Exemplars

A family handbook provides charter school families with answers to their most common questions and helps to guide families and students in the school’s processes and policies related to the following:

  • School Calendar
  • Communication
  • Academics
  • Student Support
  • Student Behavior and Discipline
  • English Language Learners
  • Family Engagement
  • Student Health

Staff Handbook

Clear expectations promote strong performances. A comprehensive staff handbook is the best way to ensure all employees understand the professional standards and culture of the school.

Several extensive handbooks are attached, each with particular strengths. SBuffalo’s CS Handbook has thorough sections on social media and computer use and mentions confidentiality of student records. Hebrew CS Center includes well-developed sections on media relations, social media and conflicts of interest, while Excelsior CS is thorough on employment rules and expectations.

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