Resources

OPT for Charter Schools

Managing transportation can be very challenging for new Charter Schools.  These two presentations from the NYC DOE's Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) will make that task easier.  OPT Basics explains the structure of the Office of Pupil Transportation and how charter schools work with OPT; Charter School Transportation Overview has current information on topics including eligibility, MetroCards, yellow bus service, and special education needs.

 

Building a Charter School Founding Board

The skills and dedication of the personnel who make up the founding charter school Board are essential for a new school's success. These resources will help schools recruit the right board members and get their new boards up and running.

Critical board building challenge: How does a charter school board clearly define its roles, responsibilities and philosophy of governance? Building an Effective Charter School Board is an extensive guidebook that covers every topic imaginable for new charter schools  assembling a Board of Trustees for the first time.

Board Positions

Understanding the roles and responsibilities of board members is an important step in effective governance. These resources will help clarify what the board chair and other board members' roles are, and the characteristics to look for in candidates for particular positions.

Charter Management Organization Guide

Of all the decisions made by new Charter Schools, few are more important than
deciding whether to contract for school management services. Choosing well requires
balancing multiple considerations of finance, accountability, personnel, and public relations.  This guidebook from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools provides evenhanded, user-friendly advice for those considering contracting for charter school management.

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.

Sample Data Dashboard

A Data Dashboard is an essential tool for all charter schools.  It enables school leaders to instantly check a variety of metrics and assess where their students are at with respect to standardized testing and attendance among others.  This sample is from Gotham City Charter School.

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