Regents-Authorized Charter Schools Oversight Plan
The New York State Board of Regents, through its administrative body, the New York State Education Department, is authorized to oversee and monitor each charter school authorized by the Regents in all respects, including the right to visit, examine and inspect the charter school and its records. To permit the Regents to fulfill this oversight function under the New York State Charter Schools Act and ensure that each charter school is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, and the terms and conditions of the Charter, each charter school agrees to abide by and implement the Oversight Plan, the components of which are presented below. Amendments and revisions may be made to such plan by SED, in consultation with the charter schools.
Section I: Opening Procedures (Updated December 2012)
Those procedures required to be completed before the Charter School is permitted to provide instruction and receive public funds pursuant and those to be completed during the first year of instruction.
- Opening Procedures Checklist Intro (197 KB)
- 2012-2013 Opening Procedure Checklist (230 KB) (Updated July 2, 2013)
- Prior Actions Memo (182 KB)
Section II: Monitoring Plan (Updated September 2011)
The oversight and monitoring activities to be conducted by SED in its oversight and charter authorization role.
NYSED Monitoring Plan (242 KB)
Site Visit Protocols (Updated September 2013): Information about how the CSO will conduct and report on site visits during the school year at charter schools directly authorized by the Board of Regents. The Performance Framework Versions only apply to schools which were chartered or renewed in 2012 or beyond.
- Charter Renewal Site Visit Protocol (295 KB)
- Charter Renewal Site Visit Protocol - Performance Framework Version (270 KB)
- Full Site Visit Protocol (251 KB)
- Full Site Visit Protocol - Performance Framework Version (308 KB)
Section III: Performance Framework (November 2012)
In November 2012, the Board of Regents approved a new Renewal Policy and Performance Framework that will provide greater transparency in its authorizing practices. In June 2013, the Board of Regents adopted a comprehensive regulation that embodies the guidelines for the renewal process and policies. The Framework outlines Performance Benchmarks in 10 key areas for Regents-authorized charter schools. The Renewal Policy and Performance Framework will apply to Regents-authorized charter schools opened in 2012 and thereafter and those with Renewal Charter Agreements signed in 2012 and thereafter.
- Performance Framework (adopted November 2012) (392 KB)
- Renewal Regulation Section 119.7 of the Regulations of the Commissioner (adopted June 2013)
- Renewal Policy (adopted November 2012) http://www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2012Meetings/
November2012/1112p12a1.pdf (201 kB) [this is the document that is currently under the paragraph above]
Section IV: Closing Procedures Guide and Checklist (Updated March 2012) (584 KB)
The primary purpose of this Guide and Checklist is to provide guidance to both New York State Education Department (Department) Charter School Office staff and charter school leadership in order to ensure the orderly closure of a Regents-authorized charter school after a school closure has been determined by the Board of Regents, as required by the school’s charter agreement.
Other Documents and Information
Initial Charter Agreement Template for Charter Schools Authorized by the Board of Regents (Updated November 2012)
The template charter agreement used for initial charters awarded to new charter schools directly authorized by the Board of Regents.
Renewal Charter Agreement Template for Charter Schools Authorized by the Board of Regents (Updated November 2012)
The template charter agreement used for renewal charters awarded to charter schools directly authorized by the Board of Regents.
Application for Charter Renewal (Updated June 2013) This document provides guidelines for submitting an Application for Charter Renewal for New York State charter schools authorized by the Board of Regents.
Prior Annual Report Pages