Facility Access Process for New York City Charter Schools

For the first time, state law now grants some NYC charter schools a right to public help in securing a school facility. Charter schools that are new, or adding grade levels, can go through a legally defined process that begins with a formal request to the NYC Department of Education (DOE). The process can result in the charter school receiving a co-location in a school district building; or a private building provided at no cost; or funding to cover rental expenses (up to $2,775 per pupil in 2015-16). The new system preserves mayoral control over New York City school buildings, while helping charter schools respond to continuing demand from students and families. See the summary charter, or download a detailed guide at www.nyccharterschools.org/newlaw.