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Meeting of the Board of Regents | September 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - 7:40am

Report of the



The Board of Regents

September 14, 2010

            Your P-12 Education Committee held its scheduled meeting on September 13, 2010.  All Committee members were present, except for Regent Brooks Hopkins who was excused.


Qualified School Construction Bonds and Qualified Zone Academy Bonds

            Your Committee recommends that section 155.22 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education be amended as submitted, effective September 21, 2010, 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 establish procedures for the State's allocation to prospective issuers of Qualified School Construction Bonds (QSCBs) of their respective bond limitation amounts from the State bond limitation amount, so that such bond issuers may timely apply for and receive their respective bond limitation amounts, and timely issue QSCBs for the 2010 calendar year.

 [P-12 (A) 1]

Revisions to Charters Authorized by the SUNY Board of Trustees

            Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approves the following charter revisions as proposed by the Trustees of the State University of New York and the provisional charters are amended accordingly.   [P-12 (A) 2]

AchievementFirst North Crown Heights CS - Change name to - Achievement First Apollo Charter School.  The school, which will open this fall, was originally planned to be located in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, but will now be in the Cypress Hills section of Brooklyn and therefore wishes to change the name accordingly.  

LeadershipPreparatory Charter School - Change name to - Leadership Preparatory Bedford Stuyvesant Charter School With the pending opening in Brooklyn of other Leadership Preparatory charter schools affiliated with Uncommon Schools Inc. and authorized by the Board of Trustees, the school wants to change its name to reflect the section of Brooklyn in which it is located.

Sisulu-Walker Charter School of Harlem - Revise grades served to K-5 retroactive to 2008-09 school year.  This revision “cleans-up” an administrative issue concerning the complement of grades that the School serves.   The School seeks this revision to align its charter with its past and current grade alignment, and with the grade span proposed in its original charter application.  This resolution will have no effect on enrollment or grades served by the School in subsequent school years.

Reporting of College- and Career-Ready High School Graduation Rates

The Committee discussed the possible publishing of college- and career-ready graduation rate calculations that show what percentage of students are graduating from high school with a score of 80 or better on their Math Regents exam and 75 or better on their English Regents exam.  The calculations would only be informational, as these score thresholds currently do not carry consequences for students, schools, or districts in New York’s educational accountability system.  To follow up on this initial conversation, Senior Deputy Commissioner King will come back at a future meeting with a revised proposal that addresses the issues raised in today’s discussion regarding the communications strategy.    [P-12 (A) 3]




            Madam Chancellor and Colleagues: Your P-12 Education Committee recommends, and I move, that the Board of Regents act affirmatively upon each recommendation in the written report of the Committee's deliberations at its meeting on September 14, 2010, copies of which have been distributed to each Regent.



Updates from the Office of Accountability and the Office of innovative School Models – Due to time constraints, this item was not discussed and will be presented to the Committee at the October Regents meeting.   [P-12 (D) 1]

That concludes my report.


                                                                                    Anthony Bottar, Chair