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General Municipal Law

Charter schools are subject to New York Municipal Law Sections 800-806. Charters, therefore must have codes of ethics and conflict of interest policies. In addition, after New York State enacted the Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013, schools must also have whistle-blower policies. See below for some exemplars. Schools should continue to consult with their own counsel when creating these policies.

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PDF iconGeneral Municipal Law FAQ (2010)
PDF iconConflict of Interest Policy Template
PDF iconWhistleblower Policy Template
Microsoft Office document iconModel Code of Ethics
PDF iconEthics for Trustees and Employees of Charter Schools (2010)

School Funding Comparisons by the NYC Independent Budget Office (IBO) (2010-11)

How do the funding levels compare, and the funding streams interact, for New York City charter and district schools? The City's Independent Budget Office (IBO) has issued three analyses on this topic, to which the Charter Center has responded with increasing, detailed criticism. The NYC Department of Education has also raised strong objections.

Operations Brief: Frequently Asked Questions about the New York State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)

All New York charter schools are subject to the requirements of New York State's Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). FOIL is a New York State law that provides the public an avenue to access certain records of public agencies, and it explicitly applies to charters under the Charter Schools Act of 1998.

FAQs: Open Meetings Law

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.

Becoming Your Own School Food Authority (SFA)

This webinar, conducted by NYC food service expert, Geoffrey Ramsey, and a charter school Director of Operations who has gone through the process of becoming a School Food Authority, was originally presented to new school teams as part of the 2013 Start Right program. It provides an overview of food service options that are available to charter schools as well as the steps for schools to follow to become their own School Food Author

Wellness Policies and Safety Plans Webinar

School Wellness Policies provide a means for improving school health, curricula and programs that ensure students become and stay ready to learn. Coupled with your authorizer required safety plan, these two documents are an integral component of learning, growing, thriving as a public school. Join the Charter Center's David Frank and Audrey Castillo, Program Manager for Healthy Schools Brooklyn, a program that is funded by the New York State Department of Health at the Brooklyn District Public Health Office of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

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