Did you know that New York City charter schools are subject to the requirements of New York State's Open Meetings Law (OML)? The OML is based on a presumption of access that provides the public with the right to know in advance about meetings of public bodies and then to observe the meetings and deliberations. It applies explicitly to charter schools under the Charter Schools Act of 1998.
Every new charter school will need a Board of Trustees. Pre-Authorization planning teams will also need to demonstrate a strong plan for governance and organizational design before they are awared a charter from the authorizing agencies. This document helps those teams in assembling the Board.
This white paper from Brian Carpenter of the National Charter Schools Institute examines some of the reasons why school boards can be dysfunctional.
This assessment matrix aids in the assessment of a Charter School Board's effectiveness. Leadership Roles, Board Composition, Meetings and Committees are graded in three levels: Strong, Satisfactory and Weak.
A “Friends of XYZ Charter School” organization is a separate, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that is created to raise funds, awareness and otherwise support a charter school or the charter school movement. This white paper from the Lawyers Alliance for New York is a guide for any charter school who is thinking of establishing one.