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Board of Regents-Authorized Charter Schools ONLY

Board of Regents-Authorized Charter Schools ONLY
2020-2025 Renewal Application 
Posted May 2019

At the conclusion of the charter term for New York State Board of Regents-authorized charter schools, each charter school may elect to submit a renewal application for consideration of a proposed subsequent charter term. As part of this process, the New York State Education Department (NYSED), on behalf of the Board of Regents, will carry out a summative review of the charter school’s performance throughout the entire current charter term. This review will be based on:

Charter schools that have met the rigorous standards set forth in the Charter School Performance Framework and the Board of Regents’ Charter School Renewal Policy may then receive a renewal recommendation by NYSED for consideration by the Board of Regents. Charter schools that do not meet these standards may be subject to a non-renewal recommendation and subsequent closure by the Board of Regents (please see all notes below).

The following two documents, which are the foundation of the Regents Oversight Plan, provide the NYSED CSO with a roadmap of the renewal process applicable to all Regents-authorized charter schools. 

  • In June of 2010, the Regents and NYSED embarked on a new approach to charter school authorizing, resulting in the Charter School Performance Framework PDF document for Regents-authorized charter schools. The Performance Framework, which was updated in November 2015, provides an outline of the quality benchmarks that will be evaluated during the renewal process by addressing three broad areas:
    1. The school’s academic success and ability to operate in an educationally sound manner;
    2. The school’s organizational viability and its ability to operate in a fiscally sound manner; and
    3. The school’s faithfulness to the terms of its charter and adherence to applicable laws and regulations.
  • In 2012, the Regents adopted a Charter School Renewal Policy PDF image, which outlines policy, processes and criteria for the renewal of Regents-authorized charter schools.

Completing the Renewal Application: 

To be considered for a charter renewal in the 2019-2020 school year, your charter school needs to be on this eligible applicant list: Charter schools whose charter terms expire at the end of the 2019-2020 school year PDF image

  • Regents-authorized charter schools are required to submit a complete renewal application to the NYSED CSO using FluidReview. The directions and link to the portal can be found by following this linkPDF image.
  • A complete renewal application consists of:
  • Due 8/15/19 at 5:00pm EST:  Renewal Application Updated 5-24-19 (except Benchmark 1 narrative) word iconPDF PDF image
  • Due 8/15/19 at 5:00pm EST: Budget Updated 5-24-19 (line 145) Excel icon
  • Due 10/15/19* at 5:00pm EST: Renewal Application Benchmark 1 narrative
    *(Date is subject to change with written notice from NYSED)

Notes:

  • The school’s board of trustees is not required to submit an application for renewal of the charter. Before applying for renewal, the board should carefully consider whether the school has met the criteria for renewal as set forth in the Regent’s Oversight Plan, including but not limited to, the Charter School Renewal Policy and the Charter School Performance Framework. If the board does not apply for renewal, the charter will not be renewed, and the school will close on June 30th of the final year of the current charter term.
  • In addition to the review of a renewal application, when making a decision to renew a school, the CSO considers additional evidence, including but not limited to, annual reports, independent financial audits, state testing data, and site visit reports that have been collected throughout the entire charter term.
Last Updated: July 10, 2019