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

Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the McKinney-Vento Act guarantees educational rights for students experiencing homelessness or residing in unstable housing situations. To ensure these students and their families receive the support they need, all charter schools are required to appoint a dedicated staff member as the McKinney-Vento liaison.…

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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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Charter schools are required to comply with the requirements of the New York State Department of Health (DOH) in effect since September 1, 2016. In order for students to learn and develop well, it's important to have a safe and healthy school environment. If a child is between 2 months and…

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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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Creating Effective Community Engagement

Engaging with the community is crucial for educational institutions, and the presentations below aim to equip schools with simple yet powerful tools to foster meaningful connections with elected officials, local decision-makers, parents, and other key stakeholders. By implementing the strategies outlined in these presentations, pre-authorization planning teams can strengthen their…

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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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