New York 2016 State Policy Detail
GOOD PRACTICE GROUNDED IN POLICY
Recent court decisions strongly held that New York’s authorizers are indeed empowered by law to enforce strong charter school renewal standards.
NOTEWORTHY IN 2016
SCORE INCREASE: +9
- Reports on Performance (+2). New York was scored incorrectly in 2015. State law requires each charter school to submit to its authorizer and the SEA an annual performance report. The reports are published on the SEA’s website. This requirement is distinct from the general school report card process and thus receives two points.
- Performance Management and Replication (+1: Replication). New York was scored incorrectly in 2015. The law allows a single charter school governing board to hold multiple charters. However, New York’s charter caps limit the capacity of replication as a strategy to build the supply of quality charter schools.
- Renewal Standard (+6). Two 2016 court opinions reinforce an authorizer’s discretion to close schools for failure to fulfill charter school goals.
- Codify the expectation that all authorizers will follow professional standards for charter school authorizing. In practice, the three dominant authorizers—the State University of New York (SUNY), the Board of Regents, and the New York City Department of Education—use practices consistent with many of NACSA’s Principles & Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing. However, nothing in state policy ensures all authorizers will continue to do so in perpetuity.
- Codify the expectation that authorizers use performance frameworks.