Working with the Administration for Child Services (ACS)

The Administration for Child Services (ACS) is working to build a stronger partnership with charter schools to support students in the child welfare program. ACS’s Office of Education Support and Policy Planning partnered with the Charter Center to demystify the child welfare system and launch discussions on collaborative approaches specific…

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Family Handbook Exemplars

A family handbook provides charter school families with answers to their most common questions and helps to guide families and students in the school’s processes and policies related to the following: School Calendar Communication Academics Student Support Student Behavior and Discipline English Language Learners Family Engagement Student Health Safety, Transparency,…

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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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Facilities: For Charters Co-Located in DOE Buildings

The Co-Location Handbook" explores the practice of shared space in NYC Public Schools, aligned with the Education Department's mission. Educators collaborate with stakeholders to improve academics and readiness. Since 2015, NYC DOE has promoted positive co-location relationships. The book outlines strategies like effective communication, collaboration, equity, and accountability. It guides…

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Operations Guide Exemplar

School facility operations and maintenance exist to support the primary purpose of any school: quality learning. By maintaining a working Operations Guide for your school, all procedures can be memorialized and easily accessed by new and incoming staff. Below are some exemplar Operations Guides that existing charter schools use:

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NYSTL Purchasing in FAMIS

Each charter school receives a grant for textbooks, library books and software under the New York State Textbook Law (NYSTL). The grant is administered by the NYC DOE, so all purchases with these funds must be processed through the FAMIS purchasing portal. As a result, every school should have at…

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