A virtual meeting of the New York State Board of Regents was held today, June 7th, 2021. We will post the recording of this meeting on our Authorizer Update page as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, you can access our livestream covering charter items on our Facebook page.
Full Board Meeting
During the full Board meeting, the Board reviewed a video on LGBTQ student perseverance in honor of PRIDE month. Following this, the Board conducted an election for the Vice-Chancellor to complete the open term lasting between June 8, 2021, and March 31st, 2022. Regent Josephine Victoria Finn was elected unanimously by the Board.
The Board received a presentation led by Commissioner Rosa, Executive Deputy Commissioner Sharon Cates-Williams, and Dr. Kimberly Wilkins on the progress made toward the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness Policy adopted at the May Board Meeting. Representatives from Greece CSD, Eastern and Western Suffolk BOCES, Dutchess BOCES, and NYC DOE showcased their work examples. You can find a link to the presentations here.
The Board recognized New Roots Charter School in Ithaca as the recipient of a New York Green Ribbon Designation. The full presentation of Green Ribbon award winners can be found here.
The Board also voted on the Proposed Amendment to Sections 52.21, 60.6, 61.19, 80-1.2, 80-3.7, 100.1, 100.2, 100.4, 100.5, 100.6, 100.7, 100.19, and 151-1.3 and the addition of Section 80-5.27 to the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Addressing the COVID-19 Crisis. The Board unanimously approved the resolution, which can be found here.
The Board of Regents reviewed and unanimously approved the State Education Department May 2021 Fiscal Report, which can be found here.
The Board also approved the Consent Agenda, found below, and took a few other actions.
- Higher Education: To read the consent agenda items relevant to the Board, click here.
- P-12 Committee: To read the consent agenda items relevant to the P-12 Committee, click here.
- Professional Practice: To read the consent agenda items relevant to Professional Practice, click here.
P-12 Education Committee Meeting
During the P-12 Committee meeting, the Regents addressed the following topics:
Proposed Amendment to Section 175.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Extending the Instructional Hour COVID-19 Waiver to the 2021-2022 School Year. The Board discussed extending a waiver to the instructional hours minimum into the 21-22 school year. School districts must detail the scheduling or other conflicts that might fail to meet the instructional hour minimum but need to maintain a minimum 180-instructional days schedule. The resolution can be found here.
Proposed Amendment to Section 100.2(ee) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Providing Flexibility for the Two-Step Identification Process for Academic Intervention Services (AIS) for Students Who Will Be Enrolled in Grades 3-8 for the 2021-2022 School Year in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The Board unanimously approved the resolution, which can be found here.
Renewal and Revision Recommendations for Charter Schools Authorized by the Board of Regents
The Board approved, with two abstentions, one vote against, and the recusal of Chancellor Young, the following renewal and revision:
- Collegiate Academy for Mathematics and Personal Awareness Charter School: Short-term, two-year renewal and revisions to approve a contract between the school and the Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) to provide comprehensive management services; and to decrease the school’s currently authorized enrollment from 375 students to 120 students.
To read the full resolution, click here.
Revision Recommendation for a Charter School Authorized by the New York City Department of Education Chancellor
The Board approved, with two abstentions, the following revision:
- South Bronx Charter School for International Cultures and the Arts: Revision to expand grade levels served from Kindergarten through Grade 8 to Kindergarten through Grade 12 and increase the school’s authorized enrollment from 660 students to 1160 students
To read the full resolution, click here.
We will continue to bring you summaries of meetings of the Board of Regents in the months ahead.