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A Tale of Two Schools' Data

Two teachers are about to get their first look at their schools' student achievement reports. Although they teach in different districts, Joseph and Zindzi have been leading parallel teaching lives for a number of years. They both teach mathematics in schools of similar size, ethnic composition, and socioeconomic demographics.  Read this fascinating report to find out what happens.

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.

NYC Charter School Test Scores: Math and ELA (2010-11)

The Charter Center is committed to a sector built upon accountability and results for kids. Accordingly, we have conducted an analysis of New York City charter school state test scores that will allow the public to better understand the performance of individual schools and the sector overall. It is our hope that this report spurs conversations, further investigation and best practice sharing.

View the data interactively »

Parent Advocacy and Engagement

Parents are important advocates for their schools.  This presentation, intended for pre-authorization planning teams, focuses on effective practices for parent engagement and advocacy strategies.  In addition to offering numerous tips and advice, this presentation specifically covers steps needed to include a parent engagement plan on the charter application.

OPT Online Manual

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.

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.

 

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program

This document provides information about the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program.

State Education Law Section 917 became effective September 1, 2002 and requires public school administrators to ensure the presence of at least one (1) operable AED at each school, as well as appropriately trained, certified staff volunteers in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation/Automated External Defibrillator (CPR/AED) in each school building/annex, etc., who can respond to medical emergencies.

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