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The Facility Access Process: Co-Location and Private Space

In March 2014, state law was changed to grant a subset of NYC charter schools a statutory right to facilities assistance. Education Law §2853(3)). Charter schools that are new, or adding grade levels, can go through a legally defined process (referred to as “Facilities Access Process”) that results in a charter school either receiving co-located space in a school district building; private building space provide at no cost; or funding to cover rental expenses (up to 20% of the per pupil, $2,805.40 in 2016-17 school year). An amendment to the Facilities Access Process passed in March 2016 made permanent the funding mechanism for rental assistance and preserves that rental assistance will remain the lesser of 20% of the per pupil funding amount or actual total rental costs.

PDF iconRequest for space from NYCDOE1.00 MB
PDF icon Facilities Access Guide for NYC Charter Schools1.02 MB
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