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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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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Sample Board Minutes

Meeting minutes are a formal recording of transactions that happened at a particular time and place. Minutes are a record of what was done at the meeting, not what was said by members. What should good minutes look like? Download these sample board meeting minutes to find out what are…

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Board Assessment Tool

This assessment matrix aids in the assessment of a Charter School Board's effectiveness.  Leadership Roles, Board Composition, Meetings and Committees are graded in three levels: Strong, Satisfactory and Weak.

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Board Positions

Understanding the roles and responsibilities of board members is an important step in effective governance. These resources will help clarify what the board chair and other board members' roles are, and the characteristics to look for in candidates for particular positions. The Board Chairperson is one of the most important…

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