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Report of Regents P-12 Education Committee to The Board of Regents

Your P-12 Education Committee held its scheduled meeting on February 10, 2014.  All members were present.

ACTION ITEMS

Emergency Adoption of Proposed Amendments to Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Chapter 501 of the Laws of 2012 (“Protection of People with Special Needs Act”) [P-12 (A) 2]

Your Committee recommends that the emergency rule amending paragraphs (3) and (6) of subdivision (b) of section 200.7 and section 200.15 of the Regulations of the Commissioner, which was adopted at the January 13-14, 2014 meeting of the Board of Regents, is repealed, effective February 11, 2014, and it is further recommended that paragraphs (3) and (6) of subdivision (b) of section 200.7, section 200.15, and paragraph (3) of subdivision (d) of section 200.22 of the Regulations of the Commissioner be amended as submitted, effective February 11, 2014, as an emergency action upon a finding by the Board of Regents that such action is necessary for the preservation of the general welfare in order to immediately adopt revisions to the proposed amendment that conform the Commissioner's Regulations to the guidelines, procedures and other requirements established by the Justice Center to implement Chapter 501 of the Laws of 2012, and to otherwise ensure that the emergency rule adopted at the June 16-17, 2013 Regents meeting, and readopted at the September and November 2013 Regents meetings and January 2014 Regents meeting, remains continuously in effect until the effective date of its adoption as a permanent rule at a subsequent Regents meeting, and thereby ensure that students attending residential schools are protected against abuse, neglect and significant incidents that may jeopardize their health, safety and welfare.

Revisions to a Charter Authorized by the Board of Regents: Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School [P-12 (A) 1]

Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents finds that the proposed revised charter: (1) meets the requirements set out in Article 56 of the Education Law, and all other applicable laws, rules and regulations; (2) will operate in an educationally and fiscally sound manner; (3) is likely to improve student learning and achievement and materially further the purposes set out in subdivision two of section twenty-eight hundred fifty of Article 56 of the Education Law; and (4) will have a significant educational benefit to the students expected to attend the charter school, and the Board of Regents therefore approves the charter revision for Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School and amends the provisional charter accordingly.

Charter Renewal Recommendations for Two Charter Schools Authorized by the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) [P-12 (A) 3]

Your Committee recommends that that the Board of Regents finds that the proposed charter school: (1) meets the requirements set out in Article 56 of the Education Law, and all other applicable laws, rules and regulations; (2) will operate in an educationally and fiscally sound manner; (3) is likely to improve student learning and achievement and materially further the purposes set out in subdivision two of section twenty-eight hundred fifty of Article 56 of the Education Law; and (4) will have a significant educational benefit to the students expected to attend the charter school, and the Board of Regents therefore approves and issues the renewal charter of the Academic Leadership Charter School as proposed by the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, and that its provisional charter be extended for a term up through and including June 30, 2018. The charter revision/expansion request is not included in this approval.

Regent Betty Rosa made a motion to remove the Brooklyn Scholars Charter School from the vote and send the renewal charter back to NYCDOE for additional information.  The motion was unanimously moved.

Renewal Decisions for Charter Schools Authorized by the Board of Regents 
[P-12 (A) 4]

Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents finds that, the Niagara Charter School: (1) meets the requirements set out in Article 56 of the Education Law, and all other applicable laws, rules and regulations; (2) the applicant can demonstrate the ability to operate the school in an educationally and fiscally sound manner; (3) granting the application is likely to improve student learning and achievement and materially further the purposes set out in subdivision two of section twenty-eight hundred fifty of this article; and (4) granting the application would have a significant educational benefit to the students expected to attend the charter school, and the Board of Regents therefore approves the renewal application of the Niagara Charter School and that a renewal charter be issued, and that is provisional charter be extended for a term up through and including June 30, 2016.

Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents finds that, the Northside Charter High School: (1) meets the requirements set out in Article 56 of the Education Law, and all other applicable laws, rules and regulations; (2) the applicant can demonstrate the ability to operate the school in an educationally and fiscally sound manner; (3) granting the application is likely to improve student learning and achievement and materially further the purposes set out in subdivision two of section twenty-eight hundred fifty of this article; and (4) granting the application would have a significant educational benefit to the students expected to attend the charter school, and the Board of Regents therefore approves the renewal application of the Northside Charter High School and that a renewal charter be issued, and that is provisional charter be extended for a term up through and including June 30, 2017.

Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents finds that, the Rochester Academy Charter School: (1) meets the requirements set out in Article 56 of the Education Law, and all other applicable laws, rules and regulations; (2) the applicant can demonstrate the ability to operate the school in an educationally and fiscally sound manner; (3) granting the application is likely to improve student learning and achievement and materially further the purposes set out in subdivision two of section twenty-eight hundred fifty of this article; and (4) granting the application would have a significant educational benefit to the students expected to attend the charter school, and the Board of Regents therefore approves the renewal application of the Rochester Academy Charter School and that a renewal charter be issued, and that is provisional charter be extended for a term up through and including June 30, 2017.  The request to expand the grades served by the school to include Kindergarten through sixth grade is not approved.

Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents finds that, the Urban Choice Charter School: (1) meets the requirements set out in Article 56 of the Education Law, and all other applicable laws, rules and regulations; (2) the applicant can demonstrate the ability to operate the school in an educationally and fiscally sound manner; (3) granting the application is likely to improve student learning and achievement and materially further the purposes set out in subdivision two of section twenty-eight hundred fifty of this article; and (4) granting the application would have a significant educational benefit to the students expected to attend the charter school, and the Board of Regents therefore approves the renewal application of the Urban Choice Charter School and that a renewal charter be issued, and that is provisional charter be extended for a term up through and including June 30, 2017.    

MOTION FOR ACTION BY FULL BOARD

Madam Chancellor and Colleagues: Your P-12 Education Committee recommends, and we move, that the Board of Regents act affirmatively upon each recommendation in the written report of the Committee's deliberations at its meeting on February 11, 2014, copies of which have been distributed to each Regent. 

MATTERS NOT REQUIRING BOARD ACTION

Consent Agenda Items

The Board of Regents will take action on the following consent agenda items at their February 11, 2014 meeting.

  • Common Core Transition Regulations.
  • Regulations to provide flexibility to school districts and charter schools regarding the administration of Regents Examinations in Mathematics (Common Core) to grade 7 and 8 students.

Associated Agenda Item

Meeting Date: 
Monday, February 10, 2014 - 5:00pm

Committee