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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 November 5, 2018.  All members were present except for Regent Norwood who was excused.

ACTION ITEMS

Initial Applications Authorized by the Board of Regents [P-12 (A) 1]

Your Committee recommends that: (1) the proposed charter school 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 Article 56 of the Education Law; and (4) granting the application will have a significant educational benefit to the students expected to attend the charter school, and the Board of Regents therefore approves and issues a charter and provisional charter to the Academy of Health Sciences Charter School, for a term of five years in accordance with §2851(2)(p) of the Education Law.  The motion carried.  Regent Reyes voted in opposition.  Regents Cashin, Ouderkirk, Collins and Mittler abstained.

VOTED: That the Regents find that: (1) the proposed charter school 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 Article 56 of the Education Law; and (4) granting the application will have a significant educational benefit to the students expected to attend the charter school, and the Board of Regents therefore approves and issues a charter and provisional charter to the AECI II: NYC Charter High School for Computer Engineering and Innovation, for a term of five years in accordance with §2851(2)(p) of the Education Law.  The motion carried.  Regents Cashin, Ouderkirk, Reyes, Collins and Mittler abstained.

VOTED: That the Regents find that: (1) the proposed charter school 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 Article 56 of the Education Law; and (4) granting the application will have a significant educational benefit to the students expected to attend the charter school, and the Board of Regents therefore approves and issues a charter and provisional charter to the Bronx Arts and Science Charter School, for a term of five years in accordance with §2851(2)(p) of the Education Law. The motion carried.  Regents Cashin, Ouderkirk, Reyes, Collins and Mittler abstained.

VOTED: That the Regents find that: (1) the proposed charter school 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 Article 56 of the Education Law; and (4) granting the application will have a significant educational benefit to the students expected to attend the charter school, and the Board of Regents therefore approves and issues a charter and provisional charter to the Brooklyn RISE Charter School, for a term of five years in accordance with §2851(2)(p) of the Education Law.  The motion carried.  Regents Cashin, Ouderkirk, Reyes, Collins, and Mittler abstained.

VOTED: That the Regents find that: (1) the proposed charter school 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 Article 56 of the Education Law; and (4) granting the application will have a significant educational benefit to the students expected to attend the charter school, and the Board of Regents therefore approves and issues a charter and provisional charter to the Education Unlimited Lyceum Charter School, for a term of five years in accordance with §2851(2)(p) of the Education Law. The motion carried.  Chancellor Rosa, Regents Cashin, Ouderkirk, Collins, Hakanson and Mittler abstained.

VOTED: That the Regents find that: (1) the proposed charter school 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 Article 56 of the Education Law; and (4) granting the application will have a significant educational benefit to the students expected to attend the charter school, and the Board of Regents therefore approves and issues a charter and provisional charter to the LEEP Dual Language Academy Charter School, for a term of five years in accordance with §2851(2)(p) of the Education Law.  The motion carried.  Regents Cashin, Ouderkirk, Collins, Hakanson and Mittler abstained.

VOTED: That the Regents find that: (1) the proposed charter school 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 Article 56 of the Education Law; and (4) granting the application will have a significant educational benefit to the students expected to attend the charter school, and the Board of Regents therefore approves and issues a charter and provisional charter to the Staten Island Hebrew Public Charter School, for a term of five years in accordance with §2851(2)(p) of the Education Law.  The motion carried.  Regents Cashin, Ouderkirk, Reyes, Collins, Hakanson and Mittler abstained.

Implementation of the State’s Approved Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan [P-12 (A) 2]

Your Committee recommends that sections 100.2(ff), 100.2(m), 100.18, 100.19 and Part 120 of the Commissioner’s Regulations as amended and section 100.21 as added to the Commissioner’s Regulations as an emergency measure at the September 2018 Board of Regents meeting be repealed, effective November 6. 

Your Committee further recommends that sections 100.2(ff), 100.2(m), 100.18, 100.19 and Part 120 of the Commissioner’s Regulations be amended and that section 100.21 be added to the Commissioner’s Regulations, as submitted, effective November 6, 2018, as an emergency action upon a finding by the Board of Regents that such action is necessary for the preservation of general welfare to ensure that the State’s USDE approved ESSA plan can be implemented beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, consistent with the requirements set forth by the USDE and to ensure that the emergency rule adopted at the June Regents meeting, and subsequently revised at the September Regents meeting, can remain continuously in effect until adopted as a permanent rule.  The motion carried unanimously.

One Year Renewable Waiver to Expand the Maximum Allowable Grade Span for English As a New Language and Bilingual Education Classes [P-12 (A) 3]

Your Committee recommends that subdivision (i) of section 154-2.3 of Commissioner’s Regulations be amended, effective November 6, 2018, in order to alleviate the difficulty that districts with fewer than 30 English Language Learners may have in meeting the requirement that bilingual education and English as a New Language classes limit enrollment to a maximum of two contiguous grades, by allowing such districts to apply for a waiver on an annual basis to expand the maximum allowable grade span to three contiguous grades beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.  The motion carried.  Regent Reyes abstained.

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 November 6, 2018, copies of which have been distributed to each Regent.

MATTERS NOT REQUIRING BOARD ACTION

Senior Deputy Commissioner’s Report – Senior Deputy Commissioner Jhone Ebert updated the Committee on the following Arts initiatives.

Jennifer Childress – Jennifer Childress is the new Arts Associate in the Office of Curriculum and Instruction.  Jennifer has reached out to multiple groups and has re-established relationships with the Arts Coalition, the S/CDN network, and the NYS PTA to name a few.  Through this outreach, she has been able to determine the status of the arts standards’ professional development progress and make plans for next steps, including the creation of a draft three-year Arts Standards Roadmap.
Arts Assessment Pathway – Progress has been made on the development of the Individual Arts Assessment Pathway (IAAP).  A general structure for a local curriculum-based portfolio/performance assessment draft has been developed, along with a timeline and preliminary budget.  Work is continuing on the type of items and scoring mechanisms that will be needed to make sure the IAAP is valid, reliable, and fair.

2019 Non-State Aid Budget and Legislative Priorities [P-12 (D) 1] – the Committee reviewed and discussed updated non-State Aid budget and legislative proposals advanced during the 2018 budget cycle and legislative session previously discussed in October.  Discussion focused on the budget and legislative priorities as a result of the Early Childhood Work Group’s Blue Ribbon Committee recommendations.  One-page descriptions of each of the budget and legislative requests will be prepared and will come before the full Board in December for approval.

Associated Agenda Item

Meeting Date: 
Monday, November 5, 2018 - 10:30am

Committee