Resources

School Safety Plans: Guidance

The Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) Act of 2000 established the foundation for schools to create safer school environments. One of the requirements of SAVE is that school districts develop, review, and regularly update school safety plans at the district and building level.  This guide developed jointly by the State University of New York (SUNY) and the State Education Department (SED) helps Charter Schools achieve compliance.

Employment Law 101

Legal issues impact all stages of the hiring process. This presentation from the New York City Charter School Center in conjunction with McCarter and English Attorneys helps Charter Schools navigate them and avoid common pitfalls.

Topics covered include charter renewal benchmarks, advertising and recruiting, employment types, and background checks.

The State University of New York Charter School Institute

The State University of New York Charter School Institute is charged with evaluating initial applications for the opening of charter schools, ongoing monitoring of student academic performance and overall school operations, and for presenting findings and recommendations regarding the renewal of a school’s charter to the State University Trustees.  The Institute is committed to the creation and operation of highly successful charter schools throughout New York State.

Constructing the SUNY CSI Curriculum Framework

This presentation is part of the Application Development Program commissioned by the New York City Charter School Center.  Created by charter school expert Cynthia Millinger, Constructing the SUNY Curriculum Framework assists planning teams in developing an academic blueprint that will both benefit their students and pass the selective criteria of authorizing agency SUNY Charter School Institute (CSI).

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 these documents: 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.