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FAQs: Open Meetings Law

Did you know that New York City charter schools are subject to the requirements of New York State's Open Meetings Law (OML)? The OML is based on a presumption of access that provides the public with the right to know in advance about meetings of public bodies and then to observe the meetings and deliberations. It applies explicitly to charter schools under the Charter Schools Act of 1998.

This FAQ document answers many of the questions that charter schools have about their requirements under the OML. Discover whether or not the OML applies to board subcommittee meetings and retreats; understand the purpose and value of executive sessions; and, learn the requirements for publicizing meetings. Please note that the Charter Center also provides a spreadsheet of media contact information for your use.

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