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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 March 21, 2016.  All members were present, except for Regents Cea and Finn, who were excused.

ACTION ITEMS

Career Development Occupational Studies (CDOS) Pathway to Graduation [P-12 (A) 1]

Your Committee recommends that subdivision (a) and subparagraph (iii) of paragraph (7) of subdivision (b) of section 100.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education be amended; that a new paragraph (11) of subdivision (d) of section 100.5 be added; and that subdivision (b) of section 100.6 be amended, as submitted, effective March 22, 2016, 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 extend the availability of the CDOS commencement credential and establish criteria for a CDOS graduation pathway option for all students who meet the requirements to earn this credential, meet graduation course and credit requirements, and pass four required Regents Exams, and thereby ensure timely implementation during the 2015-2016 school year and thereafter.  The vote was passed.  Vice Chancellor Bottar and Regents Tallon and Norwood were in opposition and Regents Johnson and Brown abstained.

Revisions to Charters Authorized by the Board of Regents [P-12 (A) 2-REVISED]

Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents finds that: (1) the charter school meets the requirements set out in Article 56 of the Education Law, and all other applicable laws, rules and regulations; (2) the charter school can demonstrate the ability to operate in an educationally and fiscally sound manner; (3) granting the request to revise the charter 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) granting the request to revise the charter would 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 Charter High School for Law and Social Justice and amends the provisional charter accordingly.

Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents finds that: (1) the charter school meets the requirements set out in Article 56 of the Education Law, and all other applicable laws, rules and regulations; (2) the charter school can demonstrate the ability to operate in an educationally and fiscally sound manner; (3) granting the request to revise the charter 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) granting the request to revise the charter would 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 Evergreen Charter School and amends the provisional charter accordingly.

Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents finds that: (1) the charter school meets the requirements set out in Article 56 of the Education Law, and all other applicable laws, rules and regulations; (2) the charter school can demonstrate the ability to operate in an educationally and fiscally sound manner; (3) granting the request to revise the charter 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) granting the request to revise the charter would 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 Neighborhood Charter School of Harlem and amends the provisional charter accordingly.

Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents finds that: (1) the charter school meets the requirements set out in Article 56 of the Education Law, and all other applicable laws, rules and regulations; (2) the charter school can demonstrate the ability to operate in an educationally and fiscally sound manner; (3) granting the request to revise the charter 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) granting the request to revise the charter would 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 Urban Dove Team Charter School and amends the provisional charter accordingly.

Regents Collins and Mead abstained.

Expand the Eligible Score Band for the Appeal Process on Regents Examinations Passing Scores [P-12 (A) 3]

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 March 22, 2016, upon a finding of the Board of Regents that such action is necessary for the preservation of the general welfare to immediately expand by two additional points the existing eligible score band for an appeal of Regents examinations passing scores, and to eliminate the attendance requirement as an appeal criteria, so that school districts and qualifying students are given sufficient notice to prepare for and timely implement such graduation pathway in the 2015-16 school year.

Merger Revision to Charters Authorized by the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) [P-12 (A) 4]

Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents finds that: (1) Ascend Charter Schools meets the requirements set out in Article 56 of the Education Law, and all other applicable laws, rules and regulations; (2) Ascend Charter Schools can demonstrate the ability to operate in an educationally and fiscally sound manner; (3) granting the request to revise the charter 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) granting the request to revise the charter would have a significant educational benefit to the students expected to attend the schools operated by Ascend Charter Schools, and the Board of Regents therefore approves the charter revision for Ascend Charter Schools, as proposed by the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education and amends the provisional charter accordingly.

Regents Collins and Mead abstained.

Renewal of Charters Authorized by the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) [P-12 (A) 5]

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 Brooklyn Scholars 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, 2021.

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 John V. Lindsay Wildcat 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, 2021.

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 York City Charter High School for Architecture, Engineering & Construction Industries 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 Bronx Lighthouse 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 Brooklyn 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 Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science 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 Future Leaders Institute 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 Imagine Me 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, 2019.

Regents Collins and Mead abstained.

Revisions to Charters Authorized by the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) [P-12 (A) 6]

Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents finds that: (1) the charter school meets the requirements set out in Article 56 of the Education Law, and all other applicable laws, rules and regulations; (2) the charter school can demonstrate the ability to operate in an educationally and fiscally sound manner; (3) granting the request to revise the charter 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) granting the request to revise the charter would 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 Bronx Community Charter School, as proposed by the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education and amends the provisional charter accordingly.

Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents finds that: (1) the charter school meets the requirements set out in Article 56 of the Education Law, and all other applicable laws, rules and regulations; (2) the charter school can demonstrate the ability to operate in an educationally and fiscally sound manner; (3) granting the request to revise the charter 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) granting the request to revise the charter would 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 Community Roots Charter School, as proposed by the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education and amends the provisional charter accordingly.

Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents finds that: (1) the charter school meets the requirements set out in Article 56 of the Education Law, and all other applicable laws, rules and regulations; (2) the charter school can demonstrate the ability to operate in an educationally and fiscally sound manner; (3) granting the request to revise the charter 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) granting the request to revise the charter would 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 Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy II Charter School, as proposed by the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education and amends the provisional charter accordingly.

Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents finds that: (1) the charter school meets the requirements set out in Article 56 of the Education Law, and all other applicable laws, rules and regulations; (2) the charter school can demonstrate the ability to operate in an educationally and fiscally sound manner; (3) granting the request to revise the charter 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) granting the request to revise the charter would 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 Hyde Leadership Charter School, as proposed by the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education and amends the provisional charter accordingly.

Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents finds that: (1) the charter school meets the requirements set out in Article 56 of the Education Law, and all other applicable laws, rules and regulations; (2) the charter school can demonstrate the ability to operate in an educationally and fiscally sound manner; (3) granting the request to revise the charter 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) granting the request to revise the charter would 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 PAVE Academy Charter School, as proposed by the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education and amends the provisional charter accordingly.

Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents finds that: (1) the charter school meets the requirements set out in Article 56 of the Education Law, and all other applicable laws, rules and regulations; (2) the charter school can demonstrate the ability to operate in an educationally and fiscally sound manner; (3) granting the request to revise the charter 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) granting the request to revise the charter would 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 Renaissance Charter School, as proposed by the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education and amends the provisional charter accordingly.

Regents Collins and Mead abstained.

MATTERS NOT REQUIRING BOARD ACTION

Revision and Implementation of New Arts, Science, and Social Studies Standards [P-12 (D) 1] – the Committee discussed standards updates for the Arts, Science and Social Studies. 

The Arts – the draft Statewide Strategic Plan for the Arts was developed to guide planning, implementation, mission and vision statements, and incorporates four critical components that need to be addressed if new standards are adopted and/or existing standards are updates.  The Regents Blue Ribbon Commission for the Arts will convene in April to continue work on the draft plan, while at the same time it is posted on the Department’s website for feedback from educators in the field.  It is anticipated that the updated Statewide Strategic Plan for the Arts will be presented to the Board of Regents for adoption in May 2016. 

Sciences – The Statewide Strategic Plan for Science was approved by the Board of Regents in January 2015.  Since then work has been underway in the development of the New York State science standards, which used the Next Generation Science Standards as a foundation.  In December 2015, the Department posted a public survey to rate the draft standards against a set of research-based standards evaluation criteria.  The feedback received will be used to inform revisions to the draft standards prior to presenting new NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards to the Board of Regents at a future meeting.

Social Studies – New York’s Content Advisory Panel for Social Studies, formed in 2011, created the NYS K-12 Social Studies Framework, which was adopted by the Board of Regents in April 2014.  In January 2015, the Board of Regents approved changes which established a two-year Global History and Geography course requirements with the assessment aligned to the second year of the course, entitled Regents Exam in Global History and Geography II (1750 to present). This new exam is currently under development by the Social Studies Content Advisory Panel and Department staff. 

Consent Agenda

The Board of Regents will take action on the following consent agenda item at their March 21, 2016 meeting.

Petition of the City School District of the City of Lackawanna for Consent to Exceed the Constitutional Debt Limit.

Associated Agenda Item

Meeting Date: 
Monday, March 21, 2016 - 10:15am

Committee