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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 9, 2015. All members were present.

ACTION ITEMS
Graduation Requirements for English Language Learners [P-12 (A) 1]
Your Committee recommends that paragraph (7) of subdivision (d) of section 100.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education be amended as submitted, effective February 10, 2015 upon a finding by the Board of Regents that such action is necessary for the preservation of the general welfare to immediately extend the ability to graduate with a Local Diploma via appeal to qualifying English Language Learner (ELL) students who satisfy all other graduation requirements (including those who satisfy such requirements via available alternative pathways) in January 2015 or thereafter, so that school districts and such students are given sufficient notice to prepare for and timely implement such graduation pathway in the 2014-15 school year.

School Use of Epinephrine Auto-Injectors [P-12 (A) 2]
Your Committee recommends that section 136.6 of the Regulations of the Commissioner is added, as submitted, effective February 27, 2015, as an emergency action upon a finding by the Board of Regents that such action is necessary for the preservation of the general welfare to immediately establish standards for the provision, maintenance and administration of epinephrine auto-injectors pursuant to Education Law section 921, as added by Chapter 424 of the Laws of 2014, and thus ensure the timely implementation of the statute on its effective date.

Renewal Decisions for Charter Schools Authorized by the Board of Regents [P-12 (A) 3]
Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents finds that, the Bronx Charter School for the Arts: (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 Bronx Charter School for the Arts and that a renewal charter be issued, and that is provisional charter be extended for a term up through and including June 30, 2020.

Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents finds that, the Buffalo Academy of Science 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 Buffalo Academy of Science 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, 2020.

Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents finds that, the West Buffalo 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 West Buffalo 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, 2020.

Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents finds that, the Western New York Maritime 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 Western New York Maritime 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, 2020.

New York City Department of Education Charter School Revisions

Brownsville Ascend Charter School [P-12 (A) 4]
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 permit the charter school to 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 above listed charter revision as proposed by Chancellor of the NYCDOE and the provisional charter for the Brownsville Ascend Charter School is amended accordingly.

Future Leaders Institute Charter School [P-12 (A) 5]
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 permit the charter school to 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 above listed charter revision as proposed by Chancellor of the NYCDOE and the provisional charter for the Future Leaders Institute Charter School is amended accordingly.

St. Hope Leadership Academy Charter School [P-12 (A) 6]
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 permit the charter school to 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 above listed charter revision as proposed by Chancellor of the NYCDOE and the provisional charter for the St. Hope Leadership Academy Charter School is amended accordingly.

Brooklyn Ascend Charter School [P-12 (A) 7]
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 permit the charter school to 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 above listed charter revision as proposed by Chancellor of the NYCDOE and the provisional charter for the Brooklyn Ascend Charter School is amended accordingly.

Explore Charter School and Explore Empower Charter School [P-12 (A) 8]
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 permit the charter school to 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 above listed charter revision as proposed by Chancellor of the NYCDOE and the provisional charter for the Explore Charter School is amended accordingly.

Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy Charter School [P-12 (A) 9]
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 permit the charter school to 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 above listed charter revision as proposed by Chancellor of the NYCDOE and the provisional charter for the Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy Charter School is amended accordingly.

Charter Renewal Recommendations for Six Charters Authorized by the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education [P-12 (A) 10]
Your Committee recommends 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 Staten Island Community 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, 2016.

Your Committee recommends 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 Cultural Arts Academy Charter School at Spring Creek 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, 2017.

Your Committee recommends 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 New Heights Academy 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, 2017.

Your Committee recommends 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 Achievement First Crown Heights Charter School as proposed by the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, and that its provisional charter with the current maximum enrollment be extended for a term up through and including June 30, 2018.

Your Committee recommends 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 Achievement First East New York 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, 2019.

Your Committee recommends 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 Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy II 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, 2019.

A motion was made amending the renewal dates of the three Buffalo charter schools to June 30, 2020. The motion was approved, but was opposed by Regents Tallon and Rosa. A final motion was then made to approve the amended Buffalo charter schools as well as the remaining thirteen recommendations as presented. The motion was approved, but was opposed by Regent Tilles.

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 10, 2015, copies of which have been distributed to each Regent.

MATTERS NOT REQUIRING BOARD ACTION
School Turnaround Office Overview – the Committee was presented with an update on the work of the School Turnaround Office. For the last three years, School Turnaround Office (STO), housed in the Office of School Innovation, has overseen $437 million in grant funding to 190 schools in 55 school districts around the state. In addition to awarding grants directed at transforming low-performing district schools, STO also offers several grants for high-performing schools to support the replication and dissemination of their best practices. STO’s Performance Management system in place to monitor all of the STO grants has revealed challenges facing struggling schools in New York, has an elevated focus on accountability and student performance data, and has helped generate promising outcomes.

Consent Agenda
The Board of Regents will take action on the following consent agenda items at their February 10, 2015 meeting.

• Regulations relating to Transition to the Common Core Regents Examination in Algebra Regulations relating to the Duration of Competition rule, and
• Regulations relating to Student Enrollment.

Associated Agenda Item

Meeting Date: 
Monday, February 9, 2015 - 10:15am

Committee