STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT /
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF
Jean C. Stevens
July 24, 2006
Goals 1 and 2
Issues for Decision (Consent Agenda)
Should the Board of Regents
approve the requests to revise the existing charters for
Reason(s) for Consideration
Required by State statute, Education Law §2852.
This question will come before the full Board on July 26, 2006 for action.
Under the New York Charter Schools Act of 1998, the Board of Regents and the charter entity are authorized to approve revisions to charters. The Board is also authorized to make recommendations regarding the revision of existing charters on applications submitted by another charter entity or directly to it as a charter entity.
We received five requests for
approval of revisions to the existing charters for the above charter
schools. The Trustees of the State
University of New York authorized three of these charter schools (
On April 4, 2000, the Board of
Regents granted the
In January 2001, the Board of Regents granted the Charter School of Applied Technologies its initial charter and recently granted the School a full five-year term renewal charter to January 10, 2011. The School will serve up to 1,375 students in grades K-11 during the 2006-07 school year. The School has requested to amend its charter to expand its curricular offering in the high school, specifically, to add courses entitled Foundations in Humanities I/II/III/IV. “Foundations in Humanities” is an interdisciplinary course aimed at strengthening foundational skills in English Language Arts and Social Studies. The courses will integrate topics taught in Social Studies and ELA classes and will emphasize the foundational skills that are needed for success in both classes. Key issues and topics in Social Studies will be explored in greater depth, emphasizing critical thinking and linking to the English Language Arts standards. Staff recommend approval of the first revision to the first renewal charter.
On March 20, 2001, the Board
of Regents granted Our World Neighborhood Charter School (OWNS) its initial
charter. On March 21, 2006, the
Regents granted the School a short-term, first renewal through July 31,
2006. Upon Regents approval of the
School’s proposed second renewal to extend the charter through July 31, 2007,
the School seeks to amend the second renewal charter to operate without the
assistance of a management company. Presently, Mosaica Education, Inc. manages
the School. The School is located in the
On March 25, 2003, the Board
of Regents granted an initial charter to
On April 9, 2005, the
Exhibit A – SUNY Charter Schools Institute
Staff does not object to the decrease in enrollment while the School is in the process of resolving its facility issues. However, staff does object on legal grounds to the proposed action of the school to unilaterally increase its class size/total enrollment at an unknown future date without being required to seek the approval of SUNY and/or the Board of Regents. Therefore, staff recommend that the Board of Regents return the proposed revision with comment to SUNY for reconsideration.
Complete copies of the charters and material pertaining to the amendments are available from Shelia Evans-Tranumn at 718-722-2796 or James R. Butterworth at 518-474-4817.
VOTED: That the Board of Regents
approve the proposed first revision to the second renewal charter of the
VOTED: That the Board of Regents approve the proposed first revision to the first renewal charter of the Charter School of Applied Technologies, and any amendment to its provisional charter that is necessary to expand its curricular offering in the high school.
VOTED: That the Board of Regents approve the proposed first revision to the second renewal charter of the Our World Neighborhood Charter School, and any amendment to its provisional charter that is necessary.
That the Board of Regents approve
third revision of the charter of the
VOTED: That the Board of Regents return the proposed first revision to the charter of the Albany Preparatory Charter School to the Trustees of the State University of New York (SUNY) for reconsideration, and with the recommendation that the proposed revision be modified to eliminate the authorization for the charter school to unilaterally increase class sizes and/or total enrollment without further approval by the charter entity or the Board of Regents.
Timetable for Implementation
Upon approval by the Board of Regents, the revisions to the charters will become effective immediately.
Reason for Recommendations
The charters of the South Buffalo Charter School, Charter School of Applied Technologies, Our World Neighborhood Charter School and Enterprise Charter School as revised (together with the other terms of their charters) (1) will meet the requirements set out in Article 56 of the Education Law, and all other applicable laws, rules, and regulations; (2) will permit the charter schools to operate in an educationally and fiscally-sound manner; and (3) are 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.