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
This DOE guidebook provides detailed instructions regarding the ATS online system.
This ATS report manual guides readers through the most common special education reports that schools can run within ATS.
Under the revised charter law, charter schools are now subject to New York Municipal Law 800-806. Due to this new requirement, charter schools may need to revise their codes of ethics and conflict of interest policies.
The first half of the presentation covers the NYC Committee on Special Education (CSE), including the structure and function of the CSE, roles and responsibilities of the CSE and the charter school, and best practices for working with the CSE.
The Regulations of the Commissioner are available either online or as a downloadable pdf. Part 200 is the law regulating special education in New York State.
The Standard Operating Procedures Manual is a how-to guide explaining the entire special education referral, evaluation, and placement process in New York City.
The NYC DOE's Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) has on online portal which can be reached by clicking here. This guide from the OPT gives step-by-step instructions for accessing and using it. Charter Schools can view school-specific information and generate reports.
This NYC DOE publication is a comprehensive guide to using ATS to manage transportation services. The guide contains an overview of OPT and ATS, key transportation terms, and common ATS processes, as well as detailed instructions for sign-on and ATS processes including MetroCard inventory, viewing individual student records, and assigning bus stops.
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.
The NYC DOE handbook on Pupil Accounting for charter schools.