Students in Temporary Housing: Students’ Rights and Schools’ Responsibilities

The McKinney-Vento Act gives important educational rights to students who are homeless, or in unstable or temporary housing. The Charter Center hosted a free workshop, presented by NYS-TEACHS, to help schools understand how to meet these students’ needs and comply with changes in the law resulting from the Every Student…

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Governance: Bylaws and Conflict of Interest Policies for Charter Schools

All charter schools must have a set of bylaws and conflict of interest policies that comply with New York law. When was the last time your school reviewed these documents? Do they comply with the New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act, General Municipal Law, and Opening Meetings Law? Corey Callahan, the…

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Immunization

Charter schools are required to comply with the requirements of the New York State Department of Health (DOH) in effect since September 1, 2016, and should refer to the DOH’s 2020-21 NYS Guide to Required Immunizations . DOH’s regulations provide that students attending kindergarten through grade 12 must have two…

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Employment Law 101

Legal issues impact all stages of the hiring process. This presentation from the New York City Charter School Center in conjunction with McCarter and English Attorneys helps Charter Schools navigate them and avoid common pitfalls. Topics covered include charter renewal benchmarks, advertising and recruiting, employment types, and background checks.

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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…

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