The DOE is responsible for monitoring the performance of DOE-authorized public charter schools against these standards and has developed an oversight framework that collects information and data critical to renewal decision-making. The Accountability Handbook is a tool for DOE-authorized charter schools to understand the Charter School Office's accountability framework. Please note: this document is being updated for school year 2011-12. However, the Handbook's Calendar of Reporting Requirements for 2011-12 is included in the Key Documents section at right. See also: a presentation given to charter schools at the DOE's 2011 Charter School Accountability Workshop, located in the Key Documents section at right. This presentation provides more information on the following accountability measures for all DOE-authorized charter schools:
In December of 1998, New York State passed the Charter Schools Act. Article 56, as it is known, provides the legal basis for opening and operating charter schools in New York State. The Act states that charter schools are "independent and autonomous public schools that… operate independently of existing schools and school districts. The Charter Schools Act also requires that a charter school applying for renewal must report academic success based on achievement of the educational goals established in the charter. Likewise, as authorized and required by the Act, there are charter specific Commissioner’s Regulations that apply to how charter schools operate. More specifically there are sections that address specific topics as they relate to charter schools. These topics are as follows: 2850. Short Title; Purpose 2851. Eligible applicants; applications; submission. 2852. Issuance of charter. 2853. Charter school organization; oversight; facilities. 2854. General requirements. 2855. Causes for revocation or termination. 2856. Financing of charter schools. 2857. Notice; review and assessment. The Charter Schools Act was amended in 2010. Although its amendments do not change core autonomies for charter schools, they do impose additional regulatory compliance measures that accord with sections of New York City General Municipal Law as well as several of the city's Chancellor's regulations. The amended Act as well as applicable sections of General Municipal Law and Chancellor's regulations are included in the Key Documents section at right.