A meeting of the New York State Board of Regents was held Monday, May 4, 2020. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting was held virtually and was available to the public via teleconference.

The meeting began with an update on the 2020-2021 enacted state budget and the implications it has on education funding. To view this presentation, click here.

Charter Renewals

When considering the Charter Renewal actions on the meeting agenda, the Board first moved to separate these revisions from one agenda item in order to vote on them individually.  The Board approved the following renewals to Board of Regents authorized schools’ charters, effective immediately:

  • Charter School for Applied Technologies (full-term, five-year renewal)

  • South Bronx Classical Charter School III (full-term, five-year renewal)

  • Genesee Community Charter School (short-term, three-year renewal)

  • Health Sciences Charter School (short-term, four-year renewal)

  • Urban Choice Charter School (short-term, one-year renewal)

The Board denied the following full-term renewal and revision to Board of Regents authorized school’s charter:

  • Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School

The discussion surrounding this decision focused on the financial impact renewing this school would have on its home district. Additionally, concerns about expanding any school’s charter in this uncertain climate were raised. Finally, the need for firmer guidelines outlining requirements for renewal and revisions were identified. This motion failed to pass with 7 votes in favor, 9 against and 1 abstention.  See the full resolution for these renewals here.

Charter Revisions

The Board approved the following revisions to Board of Regents authorized schools’ charters, effective immediately:

  • Edmund W. Gordon Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School: reduce

authorized enrollment from 799 students to 460 students beginning in the 2020-2021 school year.

  • Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School: reduce authorized enrollment from

909 students to 770 students beginning in the 2020-2021 school year.

This motion passed unanimously. See the full resolution for these revisions here.

The Board approved the following revisions to Charters Authorized by the New York City Department of Education Chancellor:

  • Merge New York City Charter High School for Architecture, Engineering & Construction Industries with and into AECI II: NYC Charter High School for Computer Engineering and Innovation with AECI II: NYC Charter High School for Computer Engineering and Innovation as the surviving education corporation under the amended name “AECI

Charter Schools Network” and an increase in enrollment for the New York City Charter High School for Architecture, Engineering & Construction Industries from 450 students to 500 students.

  • Merge Hellenic Classical Charter School and Hellenic Classical Charter School – Staten Island with Hellenic Classical Charter School as the surviving education corporation under the amended name “Hellenic Classical Charter Schools”.

This motion passed with 16 votes in favor and one abstention made by Regent Collins. See the full resolution for these revisions here.

Amendments 

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 addition of Section 80-5.27 to the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Addressing the COVID-19 Crisis

Department staff proposed the emergency adoption of the multiple regulatory amendments to provide flexibility from certain regulatory requirements due to the COVID-19 crisis across the Department. This motion was unanimously approved. A full list of emergency regulatory amendments can be found here. To view the presentation on these emergency amendments, click here.

Proposed Amendments to Sections 52.3, 52.21, 57-4.5, 70.4, 74.6, 75.2, 75.5, 76.2, 79-9.3, 79-10.3, 79-11.3, 79-12.3, 80-1.13, 80-1.5, 80-3.15, 80-4.3, 83.5, 87.2, 87.5, 100.2, 100.4, 100.5, 100.6, 100.10, 100.21, 119.1, 119.5, 125.1, 151-1.4, 154-2.3, 175.5, 200.4, 200.5, 200.7, 200.20 and 275.8 and addition of Section 279.5 to the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Addressing the COVID-19 Crisis

Department staff proposed the emergency adoption of these amendments to provide clarification and additional flexibility for regulatory requirements relating to teacher performance assessments in response to the COVID-19 crisis. This motion was unanimously approved. To read the full resolution, click here.

Department Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Department staff provided updates on their individual response to COVID-19. To view this presentation, click here.

Consent Items

The Board unanimously approved the following Consent Agenda items:

  • Committee: P-12 Education

    • Proposed Addition of Part 122 to the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Military Ballots for School District and School District Public Library Elections, Budget, and Referenda. To read this resolution, click here.

    • Proposed Addition of Section 170.14 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Financial Transparency Reporting Requirements. As a result of this addition, charters will need to report finances in ESSA format beginning after their 19-20 audit is completed. To read this resolution, click here.

  • Committee: Higher Education

    • To read the consent agenda items relevant to higher education, click here.

  • Committee: Professional Practice

    • To read the consent agenda items relevant to professional practice, click here.

Additional items

The Board voted on and unanimously approved the following resolutions:

  • 2021 Board of Regents Meeting Dates

    • To read the full resolution, click here.

  • Appointments to Regents Advisory Council on Museums

    • To read the full resolution, click here.

  • Charter Actions for May 2020

    • To read the full resolution, click here.

We look forward to bringing you summaries of meetings of the Board of Regents in the months ahead.