THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234

 

TO:

EMSC-VESID Committee

FROM:

Jean C. Stevens

SUBJECT:

Charter Schools:  Issuance of Renewal Charter

 

DATE:

June 12, 2006

STRATEGIC GOAL:

Goals 1 and 2

AUTHORIZATION(S):

 

 

SUMMARY

 

Issues for Decision

 

Based on approval granted by the Board in May 2006, should the Regents issue the renewal charter for the COMMUNITY Charter School in Buffalo?

 

Reason(s) for Consideration

 

          Required by State statute, Education Law 2852.

 

Proposed Handling

 

This question will come before the EMSC-VESID Committee on June 19, 2006 for action.  It will then come before the full Board for final action on June 20, 2006.

 

Procedural History

 

Under the New York Charter Schools Act of 1998, the Board of Regents is authorized to make recommendations regarding applications submitted directly to it as a charter entity.  Upon receipt of an application for renewal or for the establishment of a new charter school, the Board of Regents shall review such applications and proposed charters in accordance with the standards set forth in the Charter Schools Act.  Subsequent to its approval, the Board must then issue the initial charter or the renewal charter for each school, as applicable.

 

Background Information

 

In May 2006, the Board of Regents approved the renewal of the following charter school from October 5, 2006 through and including July 31, 2007:  COMMUNITY Charter School, Buffalo.  The Board is now being asked to issue the first renewal charter for this charter school based on that approval.  A complete copy of the first renewal charter is available for your review by contacting James R. Butterworth at 518-474-4817.

 

Recommendation

         

VOTED:  That the Board of Regents issue the first renewal charter to the following charter school:

 

       COMMUNITY Charter School, Buffalo

 

Timetable for Implementation

 

The Regents action will become effective on October 5, 2006.