The State Education Department has updated the timeline for the submission of applications to establish charter schools in New York State authorized by the Board of Regents with a plan to open in 2016. In the 2015 Request for Proposals (RFP), the Department will provide two opportunities for applicants to submit new charter school applications. The timeline (below) provides information regarding Round 1 of the competitive RFP process. The requirements and timelines for Round 2 will be posted in late spring.
As public schools, New York City charter schools seek to serve and best educate all students, including students whose primary language is not English. Successfully recruiting these English Language Learners (ELLs) depends on much more than the usual outreach and marketing. Charter schools that are successful in recruiting ELL students make a comprehensive commitment to community engagement, student achievement and cultural diversity that is strategically planned and implemented. The following tips are designed to aid in the development of a robust ELL recruitment and education plan
New York lawmakers recently authorized the first-ever public funding for charter schools’ ongoing facility costs—but only for new or expanding charter schools in New York City.
This month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new School Renewal Program to improve 94 of the city’s most struggling schools. The program includes versions of three practices that are hallmarks of top charter schools, but a comparison of Renewal School plans to charter school practices reveals consistent differences in urgency and intensity. As NYC DOE continues to define, implement and strengthen this high- stakes program, as well as prepare support and turnaround plans for hundreds of other schools, charter schools stand ready to share their work.
Despite its small size, the NYC charter school sector has sparked the publication of more than a dozen books, including practical guides for educators as well as histories and memoirs.