A meeting of the New York State Board of Regents’ P-12 Education Committee was held on Monday, March 2, 2020. Attendees included Committee members, New York Charter Schools Association staff, NYSED staff, and various presenters.
To review the resolutions presented at this meeting, click here.
Meeting Updates:
Renewal Recommendations for Charter Schools Authorized by the Board of Regents
The Committee approved the following full-term charter renewals and revisions with 2 oppositions and 1 abstention:
  • New Ventures Charter School (full-term, five-year renewal).
  • New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science IV (full-term, five-year renewal).
  • Western New York Maritime Charter School (full-term, five-year renewal; a revision to increase to current grade span of the school to include Grades 5 and 6 from the school’s current Grade 7 through Grade 12; and to increase authorized enrollment from 425 students to 510 students, beginning in the 2020-2021 school year).
The Committee approved the following short-term charter renewals and revisions with 2 oppositions and 1 abstention:
  • Charter High School for Law and Social Justice (short-term, three-year renewal and a revision to contract with the Center for Educational Innovation, a not-for-profit entity that seeks to provide comprehensive educational management services to the school).
  • Bronx Charter School for the Arts (short-term, four-year renewal).
  • New American Academy Charter School (short-term, three-year renewal).
  • New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities II (short-term, three-year renewal).
  • Rosalyn Yalow Charter School (short-term, four-year renewal).
  • Southside Academy Charter School (short-term, three-year renewal).
Renewal Recommendations for Charter Schools Authorized by the New York City Department of Education Chancellor
The Committee approved the following full-term charter renewals and revisions:
    • Community Roots Charter School (full-term, five-year renewal).
    • Equality Charter School (full-term, five-year renewal and revision to increase current grade span to include Kindergarten through Grade 3 from the school’s current Grade 6 through Grade 12 configuration; and to increase authorized enrollment from 650 to 1,010 by year five of the renewal charter term).
    • New Heights Academy Charter School (full-term, five-year renewal).
The Committee approved the following short-term charter renewals:
    • Cultural Arts Academy Charter School at Spring Creek (short-term, three-year renewal).
Charter Schools: Renewals to Charters Authorized by the Trustees of the State University of New York
The Committee unanimously voted to return 7 Success Academy Charter School early renewals to SUNY, who previously approved these early renewals, for their review.
Approval of the New York State (NYS) Physical Education Learning Standards (2020) – Department staff will present the draft K-12 Physical Education Standards.
Department staff presented the draft K-12 Physical Education Standards to the Board of Regents for conditional approval. The Board of Regents approved the new NYS Physical Education Learning Standards, with the requirement that Department staff take the immediate next steps as outlined in the resolution. These standards will be presented to the Board of Regents for final adoption in spring 2020.
To learn more about these standards, next steps and how implementation could impact your school, click here.
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
Department staff presented the proposed addition of Part 122 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education to conform regulations to Chapter 489 of the Laws of 2019, effective November 11, 2019, which amended the Education Law to provide military voters the opportunity to cast their ballots for election of members of the board of education and school district, public library trustees, and the adoption of the annual budget and school district public library budget and referenda. This was an emergency action taken by the committee which was unanimously approved.
To learn more about this action, see the full resolution here.
Aligning Linguistic Demands to the Next Generation Learning Standards
Department staff presented their analysis of Next Generation Learning Standards which was conducted to determine the language skills necessary for English Language Learners (ELLs) to access the academic demands of these standards as they develop English language proficiency. This presentation was for informational purposes only and did not incite a vote.
To learn more about these standards, click here.
Early Childhood Blue Ribbon Committee Workforce Focus Group Additional Recommendations
Department staff presented recommendations contained in the Early Childhood Blue Ribbon Report that had not previously been presented to the Board. This presentation was for informational purposes only and did not incite a vote.
To learn more about the taskforce’s recommendations, click here.
Proposed Amendments to Sections 200.1 and 200.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Special Education Impartial Hearing Officers and the Special Education Due Process System Procedures
Department staff presented the proposed amendments to sections 200.1 and 200.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. Recommendations included:
    • Widening the Pool of Attorney IHO Candidates to Become IHOs
    •  Allowing for Certification of Non-attorney IHOs in NYC
    • To ensure the confidentiality of a student’s personally identifiable information, the proposed rule also requires that IHOs must render decisions in a consistent format and maintain student confidentiality
    • The proposed rule authorizes the use of video conferencing to allow IHOs to receive testimony via video conference and conduct hearings via video conference
Department staff will be accepting public comments for the next 60 days. To learn more about these recommendations, click here.
The meeting closed with the committee entering into executive session.
We look forward to bringing you summaries of these meetings in the months ahead.