Charter Schools as Local Educational Agencies (LEAs)

THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
29 Aug, 2014

New York’s Charter School Law provides that federal funds for services for students with disabilities flow from the school district of residence to charter schools, but is silent about LEA status for other federal programs. Based on the provisions of the Charter School Law that establish charter schools as independent, autonomous public schools and the applicable federal LEA definition, in 2001, the New York State Commissioner of Education determined that, starting with the 2001-2002 school year, charter schools will be deemed to be LEAs for all federal funding programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.