Charter School Office

Charter Schools Law

Article 56

Last Reviewed February 25,2014

Authorized by Article 56, The New York State Charter Schools Act of 1998,  charter schools are independent public schools that operate under five year charters.  A charter school is free to organize around a core mission, curriculum, theme, or innovative teaching model.  A charter school controls its own budget and employs its own teachers and staff.   In return for this freedom, a charter school must demonstrate success within five years or risk losing a subsequent five year renewal of its charter.

New York State amended its charter school legislation in 2007 and 2010 ( by Chapters 101, 102, and 221 of the Laws of 2010) and most recently in 2012 (by Charter 275 of the Laws of 2012).  The current version of Article 56 incorporating all amendments is available below or directly from the New York State Legislature’s webpage at external link icon under “Laws of New York/Education/Article 56.

2850. Short Title; Purpose external link icon

2851. Eligible applicants; applications; submission external link icon
2852. Issuance of charterexternal link icon
2853. Charter school organization; oversight; facilities. external link icon
2854. General requirements external link icon
2855. Causes for revocation or termination external link icon
2856. Financing of charter schools external link icon
2857. Notice; review and assessment external link icon


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