A meeting of the New York State Board of Regents was held today via videoconference and was made available to the public via live stream. During today’s meeting, the Board of Regents recognized a series of honorees. Information on these awards and their honorees can be found here.

The recording of this meeting will be made available on our Authorizer Update page as soon as it becomes available.

Reopening Guidance 

Today, the Board of Regents received an update on school reopening from the P-12 and Higher Education committees.  The slides reviewed by the Regents are available here.

Regulatory changes in light of COVID-19 

The Regents unanimously approved a series of amendments to provide additional flexibilities and clarifications to schools for the Commissioner’s regulations in response to the COVID-19 crisis. You can view the presentation that was given on these emergency regulatory amendments by clicking here.

These items passed without discussion.

Additional Amendments

The Regents approved the below amendments.

  • Proposed Amendment to Section 170.14 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Financial Transparency Requirement Reporting Deadlines. To read the full resolution, click here.

  • Proposed Amendment of Section 135.4 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Eligibility for Participation of Students Who Have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Plans in Interschool Competition and Inclusive Athletic Activities. To read the full resolution, click here.

  • Proposed Amendment of Part 49 of the Commissioner’s Regulations Relating to the Authorization of New York Higher Education Institutions to Participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and the Approval of Out-of-State Institutions to Provide Distance Education to New York Residents. To read the full resolution, click here.

  • Proposed Addition of Section 72.6 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Continuing Education Requirements for Psychologists. To read the full resolution, click here.

For Review 

The Regents reviewed the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Course and Performance Report. The discussion on this item focused on equity and accessibility issues. The presentation can be accessed here. No action was taken on this item.

The Regents also received a presentation on the 2021-2022 Non-State Aid Budget and Legislative Initiatives. This presentation addressed the DOB’s current withholdings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and stated that “All or a portion of these withholdings may be converted to permanent reductions, depending on the size and timing of new Federal aid, if any.”  You can access this presentation here. No action was taken on this item.

Consent Agenda

The Regents discussed and approved the below consent agenda items.

P-12 Committee

To read the consent agenda items relevant to the P-12 Committee click here.

Higher Education

To read the consent agenda items relevant to Higher Education, click here.

Professional Practice

To read the consent agenda items relevant to Professional Practice, click here.

We will continue to bring you summaries of meetings of the Board of Regents in the months ahead.