If you are interested in applying for admission to any charter school, you must contact the school directly to inquire about its application /enrollment timeline and process. For the most up-to-date information on charter schools locations, contact information, and grade levels served, please click here . General Information Charter schools became a component of New York State's public education offerings with the enactment of the New York State Charter Schools Act of 1998 . The Charter Schools Act designated those that could authorize the opening and subsequent renewal of new schools: the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York, the New York State Board of Regents, or local boards of education (in New York City, authorizing power is vested in the Chancellor). Existing traditional district-operated schools can also seek to convert to charter status through their governing boards of education. The Act also designated the parameters within which the schools must operate and the conditions by which their charters can be renewed. The work of the NYCDOE Office of Charter Schools is of course guided by the Charter Schools Act.
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Although all NYC charter schools reside geographically within the 5 boroughs of NYC, charter schools are independent Local Educational Agencies ("LEAs"), and are not subject to most NYC Chancellor's Regulations, but rather to the regulations set forth in Article 56 of the NYS Charter Act, as well as NY State Education Law, sections of NY General Municipal Law, and some federal education laws. Further, the protocol and escalation process differs slightly for each authorizing entity.
1. Contact the school leadership: Please contact school leadership for violations, issues or complaints. We encourage parents to document events and familiarize themselves with the school's guidelines and reference materials. Such items include, but are not limited to parent handbooks, student discipline policy guidebooks, dress code pamphlets, school issued memorandums, etc.
2. Appeal to the school’s board of trustees: If a parent or guardian is not satisfied with the outcome or decision pertaining to the incident, the parent may appeal to the school's board of trustees. The board meets publicly on a regular basis. Parents are encouraged to contact the board to schedule items on the meeting agenda or with the committee that deals with such matters.
3. Appeal to the school’s authorizer: If a parent is not satisfied with the board of trustee's decision, the parent may appeal to the school's authorizer. Each charter school is governed by a board of trustees and is subject to oversight by its authorizer. For New York City, there are three authorizers:
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