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Fingerprinting

The Charter Center’s fingerprinting service ended in 2017. We are pleased to have been able to provide the sector with this important program for nearly a decade.

All appointments for fingerprinting now go through the NYSED-approved vendor, Identogo.

NYSED provides guidance on new procedures for fingerprinting here.

SPED: CSE and Compliance

The September 2010 presentation Common Coordination Issues, from the Brooklyn Charter School Student Support Agency, addresses common coordination issues facing schools with Special Education students.

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.

FUNDING: City Grants for Charter Schools

Each year, the Borough Presidents’ offices and New York City Council members distribute millions of dollars in public funds through discretionary grant programs. Public schools and non-profit organizations use these grants for everything from purchasing new technology and sports equipment to refurbishing playgrounds, science labs and auditoriums.

The Charter Center held a webinar to show schools how easy it is to apply for these funds and to share examples of successful recent applications.

FUNDING: School Funding Comparisons by the NYC Independent Budget Office (IBO)

The IBO released an updated report comparing public spending for charter schools to traditional district schools, and its analysis is clear: not only do NYC charter schools receive less in public spending than their district counterparts, but this funding disparity continues to grow. In the current school year (2016-17), the IBO reports that charter schools will again receive substantially less per pupil regardless of whether it operates in public or private space; the IBO estimates that charters are underfunded compared to traditional district schools by $1,145 to $4,863 per pupil.

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)

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