In 2003, the New York City Department of Education opened district facilities up to charter schools for the first time ever. While a majority of New York charter schools are currently co-located with district schools in public facilities, many charters have to divert operating dollars to pay for private facilities. In 2014, state law changed how New York City charter schools are provided with facilities, including a new opportunity for rental assistance.
NYC Charters have Access to Facilities
NYC charter schools are eligible for the Facility Access Process if they commenced instruction or added grade levels in the 2014-15 school year or thereafter. Learn more about NYC charter school facilities access.
On April 1, 2014, New York State lawmakers approved a package of legislation that changed how New York City charter schools are provided with facilities. These laws allow new or expanding charter schools to request space in city-owned buildings through a process called co-location (two or more public schools sharing space in one building). If the city determines that space is not available in the district where the charter school will be operating, it must provide rental assistance for the school to pay for a private facility.
of co-located charter schools are in NYC DOE space
of district schools are co-located
Featured Resources: Facilities
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
Facilities: For Charters Co-Located in DOE Buildings
The NYC DOE sets clear campus guidelines for schools co-located in DOE buildings whether they are district or charter schools.