A meeting of the New York State Board of Regents’ P-12 Education Committee was held on Monday, January 13, 2020. Attendees included Committee members, New York Charter Schools Association staff, NYSED staff, and various presenters.

 

Meeting Updates

Expanding the Pool of Applicants to Serve as Impartial Hearing Officers to Hear Special Education Due Process Complaints Filed in New York City

The meeting began with a presentation on expanding the pool of applicants to serve as Impartial Hearing Officers to hear special education due process complaints filed in New York City. Follow this link for additional details on the proposals that were presented. During the discussion of this topic, concerns were raised on the potential state-wide impact these proposals could have and in the coming months, the committee will be hosting stakeholder discussions to assess those potential impacts. Following these conversations, the committee will vote on the implementation of these proposals in March 2020. 

 

Special Education Disability Classification “Emotional Disturbance”

Department staff discussed changing the term “emotional disturbance” to another term as one of the 13 classifications for students with disabilities. During the discussion, support of this initiative was expressed by several committee members.  For additional details, review the proposal here

 

Revision to a Charter Authorized by the Board of Regents – School in the Square Public Charter School 

A revision to School in the Square Public Charter School’s charter was presented by department staff. During this presentation, staff submitted recommendations for revisions to School in the Square’s charter, including expanding the grades served at this institution and establishing the school as bi-lingual. This proposal was approved with 3 abstentions. 

 

Charter Schools: Renewals to Charters Authorized by the Trustees of the State University of New York 

In October 2019, State University of New York Trustees approved three charters for early renewal, which are then subject to approval by the Regents. The committee expressed concern about setting a precedent for early approvals and voted unanimously to rescind these early approvals.  

See this link for additional details on these proposals. 

 

Proposed Addition of Section 170.14 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Financial Transparency Reporting Requirements; Proposed Amendment of Section 119.3 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Financial Transparency and Data Reporting Requirements for Charter Schools

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that every school district and charter school submit a financial transparency report for inclusion in its report card beginning with actual expenditures from the 2018-19 school year for school districts and the 2019-20 school year for charter schools. Department staff proposed for the adoption of a regulatory amendment to codify the requirements for the Every Student Succeeds Act Financial Transparency Report requirement.

See the following links for additional details on this proposal and its proposed effect on charters: Section 170.14, Section 119.3

To learn more about implementing these requirements, watch the recording of our conference’s plenary session presented by David Frank, Executive Director, NYSED Charter School Office: Updating and Streamlining Charter School Financial Data Reporting for ESSA

 

Conditional Approval of the Learning Standards for Computer Science and Digital Fluency

Department staff presented the draft K-12 Computer Science/Digital Fluency Learning Standards for Board conditional approval. View the presentation here

The conditional approval of this initiative was unanimous. 

Visit this link to learn more about the proposal. 

 

Proposed Adoption of Part 121 to the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Data Privacy and Security of Student Data and Certain Annual Professional Performance Review Data

Department staff presented a proposal for the adoption of a regulatory amendment related to data privacy to implement Education Law. Following the 60-day public comment period required under the State Administrative Procedure Act, it is anticipated that the proposed rule will be presented to the Board of Regents for permanent adoption at its May 2019 meeting and that the proposed amendment will become effective on July 1, 2019.  

See this link to learn more about this proposal. 

 

General Regents Updates 

For Public Comment: Draft 2020 New Charter School RFP and Application Kit

A draft of the 2020 New Charter School RFP and Application Kit has been posted on the NYSED CSO web page at Starting a Charter School– 2020 for public comment.  The public may submit comments or questions by 3:00 pm on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.  After incorporating the public comment, the final version of the 2020 Request for Proposals (RFP) will be reposted and available on the NYSED CSO web page by close of business on January 23, 2020.

Be aware that NYSED will provide only one opportunity in 2020 for new and existing operators to submit applications to establish new charter schools which begins with a Letter of Intent due on February 24, 2020. If approved in 2020, all newly established charter schools would commence instruction in the 2021-2022 school year. 

 

Board of Regents and Education Department Announce First Regional Information Meetings to Discuss Review of Graduation Measures in New York State

Monday, January 13, 2020, the Board of Regents announced the first regional information meetings being hosted across the state to gather feedback on what a state diploma should signify to ensure educational excellence and equity for every student in New York State. 

See this link to learn more about these meetings.  We encourage charter leaders and parents to make their voices heard on this important subject!

 

We look forward to bringing you summaries in the months ahead.