A meeting of the New York State Board of Regents was held yesterday, December 14, 2020, via videoconference and available to the public via live stream. The recording of this meeting is available on our Authorizer Update page.

At the beginning of yesterday’s meeting, it was announced that Brain Cechnicki, Director of Education Finance, is moving on to a new role outside of NYSED.

Charter Items 

The Regents approved the following charter action items with notable abstentions, which we have outlined below. We encourage you to watch the recording of the meeting; charter items begin at 3:58. In the new year, the Association will create “watch party” opportunities for future Regents meetings with charter agenda items for you and your school communities. Please watch your inbox for further details.

  • New Charter school application: The Citizenship and Science Academy of Rochester Charter School was approved! This is a replication of the already successful Science Academies of New York (SANY) Charter Schools located in both Syracuse and Utica. You can read the full resolution here. Regents Mittler, Collins and Cashin abstained. During the discussion, Vice Chancellor Brown, Regent Norwood and Commissioner Rosa highlighted and celebrated the existing track record of the school being replicated, the extensive Rochester community support and the lack of any community objection at public hearings. Please join us in congratulating SANY for its newest school in Rochester!

  • Revision Recommendation for Charter School Authorized by the Board of Regents: Rochester Academy Charter School. This revision permits Rochester Academy Charter School to change its permanent location, which will be approximately 3 miles closer to Rochester. You can read the full resolution here.  Regents Mittler, Collins, Cashin and Reyes abstained. During the discussion, Regent Reyes raised concern about the school’s current enrollment of at-risk students, in particular English Language Learner students.  It is worth noting for all Board of Regents authorized schools that enrollment and retention targets are, and will likely to continue to be, areas of particular concern for the Board of Regents in renewal; and, as we saw today, even otherwise uncontroversial relocation decisions. Of note to those schools in Regent Cashin’s district was a line of questioning about receiving the new district of location’s approval for the school’s new location, despite the school’s continued preference for Rochester-based students.

We know these are issues that impact many schools across the state. Please stay tuned and help us to continue our engagement with, and apply pressure on, this Board to fulfill their charge to represent ALL students in New York.

Regulatory changes in light of COVID-19 

The Regents unanimously approved the below amendments.

  • Proposed Amendments to Sections 155.17(f) and 100.5(a) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education and Section 30-3.16 of the Rules of the Board of Regents Relating to Addressing the COVID-19 Crisis.  The full resolution can be found here.

  • Proposed Amendments 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 full resolution can be found here.

Action Items

The Regents discussed and approved the following resolutions:

  • 2021-22 Non-State Aid Budget and Legislative Priorities. The full resolution can be found here.

  • Proposed Amendments to Section 100.5(h) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Requirements for Awarding the New York State Seal of Biliteracy. The full resolution can be found here.

  • 2021-22 Regents State Aid Proposal. The full resolution can be found here. A presentation on the state aid proposal can be found here. Most notable from this presentation was the statement, “School districts and charter schools should receive comparable treatment,” with respect to permanent state aid reductions.

  • Amendment to Section 100.2(c) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education to Implement Erin’s Law. The full resolution can be found here.

  • K-12 Learning Standards for Computer Science and Digital Fluency, which has been presented on in previous meetings, was unanimously approved by the Regents. The full resolution can be found here. The supplemental presentation outlining these new standards can be found here.

Items for Discussion

The following items were presented to the Board of Regents for review:

  • Revision of New York State Learning Standards in Languages Other Than English. The full resolution can be found here. The supplemental presentation outlining these new standards can be found here.

  • Proposed Amendment to Sections 100.2(cc), (gg) and 120.3(a) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to the Uniform Violent or Disruptive Incident Reporting System, Also Known as the School Safety and Educational Climate Report. The full resolution can be found here. A presentation on the proposed amendments can be found here.

  • Proposed Amendments to Sections 100.2 and 119.6 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to the Implementation of the Crown Act. The full resolution can be found here. A presentation on these proposed amendments can be found here.

Consent Agenda

P-12 Committee

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

Office of Counsel

To read the consent agenda items relevant to the Office of Counsel, click here.

Adult Career and Continuing Education Services

To read the consent agenda items relevant to Adult Career and Continuing Education Services, 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.