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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 May 9, 2017.  All members were present, except for Regents Ouderkirk, Collins, and Hakanson who were excused.

ACTION ITEMS

Renewal Decision for a Charter School Authorized by the Board of Regents [P-12 (A) 1]

Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents finds that, the New Dawn 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 New Dawn Charter High School and that a renewal charter be issued, and that its provisional charter be extended for a term up through and including June 30, 2022.

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act [P-12 (A) 2]

Your Committee recommends that section 100.2(x) of the Regulations of the Commissioner be amended, as submitted, effective July 1, 2017, 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 the proposed amendment to timely implement the changes to Education Law §3209, as amended by Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2017, for the 2017-2018 school year and the McKinney Vento Homeless Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Unit of Study Requirements for Career and Technical Education in Grades 7 and 8 [P-12 (A) 3]

Your Committee recommends that section 100.4(c)(1) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education be amended, as submitted, effective July 1, 2017, 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 ensure that school districts have sufficient notice of the amendments and are able to implement them, as appropriate, beginning with the 2017- 2018 school year.  Regents Tilles and Mittler were in opposition.

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 May 9, 2017, copies of which have been distributed to each Regent.

MATTERS NOT REQUIRING BOARD ACTION

Regulations Relating to School Health Services [P-12 (D) 1] – The Committee discussed proposed amendments to regulations that seek to address numerous requests from the field, including parents, healthcare providers, schools, and the New York State Department of Health, for technical amendments and updates to existing regulatory language to improve school health services for students. In response to public comment, the Department has amended the effective date to delay these amendments until July 1, 2018 to enable adequate time for schools, parents, and health care providers to work together to implement the amendments. 

Revision of the English Language Arts and Mathematics Standards [P-12 (D) 2] – the Committee discussed highlights of the revised learning standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics.  The revised learning standards were released to the public on May 2, 2017.  The new learning standards are the culmination of a nearly two-year process that resulted in substantive changes while maintaining rigor and involved committees of more than 130 educators and parents.  Following surveying of the field and stakeholders over the past several months, the Standards Review Leadership Committees and Content Advisory Panels met to review survey data and additional stakeholder and researcher feedback and made necessary revisions to the draft standards.  The Department is accepting public comment on the revised standards through June 2 and it is expected that the Board of Regents will vote on adopting the standards at the June 2017 meeting.

The following experts representing the English Language Arts and Mathematics Content Advisory Panels presented specific work done on the Next Generation Learning Standards. 

Standards Revisions – ELA

AnnMarie Dull
Senior Instructional Specialist, NYCDOE

Dawn Shannon
Assistant Superintendent of Educational Support and Technology
Broome-Tioga BOCES

Elizabeth Sheffer-Winig
Instructional Specialist, New York State United Teachers

Michelle Bulla
Grade 12 English Language Arts/Department Chair
Woodbury-Monroe Central School District

Anicasia Rosario
Grade 7 English Language Arts, Dansville CSD

John Harmon
New York State English Council, Executive Board
Formerly Humanities Director and English teacher
Skaneateles Central School District

Standards Revisions – Math

Terry McSweeney
Assistant in Research and Educational Services
New York State United Teachers

Teri Calabrese-Gray
Assistant Superintendent,
Champlain Valley Educational Services   

Mayra Avila
7th and 8th Math Teacher
Eugenio Maria de Hostos MicroSociety School
Yonkers Public Schools                           

Suraj Gopal
Special Education Teacher
NYCDOE

Kim NamKoong
Parent
Capital Region

Consent Agenda

The Board of Regents will take action on the following consent agenda item at their May 9, 2017 meeting.

  • Petition of the City School District of the City of Dunkirk for Consent to Exceed the Constitutional Debt Limit
  • Petition of the City School District of the City of Mechanicville for Consent to Exceed the Constitutional Debt Limit
  • Regulations of the Commissioner of Education to Establish Criteria for the Approval of Pathway Assessments in Languages other than English (LOTE)
  • Regulations Relating to School Counseling, Certification Requirements for School Counselors and Program Registration Requirements for School Counseling Preparation Programs

Associated Agenda Item

Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 9:00am

Committee