A virtual meeting of the New York State Board of Regents was held yesterday, May 10th, 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 and other P-12 Education Committee items on our Facebook page.

Full Board Meeting  

During the full Board meeting, the Board of Regents shared its policy statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion In New York State Schools. Also during this meeting, the Board received a presentation from Dr. Yvette Jackson, Excellence Through Equity.

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 and151-1.3 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 these proposed extensions. To read the full resolution, click here.

The Board also approved the Consent Agenda, found below, and took a few other actions.

  • 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.
  • Board: To read the consent agenda items relevant to the Board, click here.

P-12 Education Committee Meeting

During the P-12 Committee meeting, the P-12 Committee received a presentation on Determining Substantial Equivalence of Instruction for Nonpublic School Students in New York State: A Summary of Stakeholder Feedback and addressed the following topics:

Proposed Amendment to Section 100.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to the Civic Readiness Pathway to Graduation and the New York State Seal of Civic Readiness: Department staff presented an update on the Civic Readiness Initiative and the Seal of Civic Readiness and present proposed regulatory change to add the Seal of Civic Readiness as a +1 Pathway to a diploma. The Board unanimously approved the resolution, which can be found here.

Proposed Amendment to Sections 100.2(c), 100.5(h), and 136.3 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Providing Flexibility for Hands-only CPR Instruction, the New York State Seal of Biliteracy, and Health Examinations and Certificates in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis: Department staff presented proposed revisions to section 100.2(c),100.5(h), and 136.3 of the Commissioner’s regulations to provide flexibility for: hands-only CPR instruction in senior high schools in the 2020-21 school year; NYS Seal of Biliteracy Regents examination requirements; and health examinations and certificates in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The board approved the resolution, which can be found here.

Renewal Recommendations for Charter Schools Authorized by the Board of Regents

The Board approved the following renewals and revisions:

  • South Bronx Community Charter High School: Short-term, three-year renewal and revisions to decrease the school’s currently authorized enrollment from 425 students to 385 students beginning in the 2021-2022 school year; and to amend the charter school’s organizational chart to add an associate director position to support the school’s capacity building and services for special populations, to commence in the current school year, upon Regents approval.
  • Vertus Charter School: Short-term, three-year renewal.

To read the full resolution, click here.

Revision Recommendations for Charter Schools Authorized by the Board of Regents

The Board approved the following revisions:

  • Evergreen Charter School: To amend the charter school’s organizational chart to reflect changes in the school’s leadership structure. This revision is proposed to commence in the current school year, upon Regents approval.
  • New Visions Charter High Schools: To amend the Key Design Elements of the following schools’ charters to more thoroughly reflect the unified practices and values enacted by all New Visions Charter High Schools. These revisions are proposed to commence in the 2021-2022 school year.
    • New  Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science II 
    • New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science III 
    • New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science IV 
    • New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities II 
    • New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities III
    • New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities IV
  • Stradford Preparatory Charter School for Boys: To commence instruction in the fall of 2021 with an amended enrollment chart that accelerates the grade levels served in Year 1 of operation, without changing the total number of students enrolled each year, as follows: in Year 1, the school will serve Grade 6 students in addition to the previously approved Grade 5 students. Thereafter, the school will add one additional grade level each academic year until the school serves Grades 5-8.
  • Urban Dove Team Charter Schools: To amend the following charter schools’ mission and vision statements to be better aligned with the schools’ Key Design Elements and theory of action in serving over-age/under-credited students. These revisions are proposed to commence in the current school year.
    • Urban Dove Team Charter School
    • Urban Dove Team Charter School II
  • Utica Academy of Science Charter School: To relocate its middle school, currently in the Utica CSD, to a new building next to its elementary and high school in the Frankfort-Schuyler CSD. This revision is proposed to commence in the 2021-2022 school year.

To read the full resolution, click here.

Renewal Recommendations for a Charter School Authorized by the New York City Department of Education Chancellor

The Board approved the following renewals:

  • Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School: Short-term, four-year renewal.

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 the following revisions:

  • Metropolitan Lighthouse Charter School: Revisions reflect the dissolution of the relationship with the Charter Management Organization (CMO) Lighthouse Academies, Inc.; a change of the school name to “Nuasin Next Generation Charter School;” and an amendment to the school’s organizational chart to add an Executive Director position.

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.