December 5th State Board Meeting Recap
Today, the Connecticut State Board of Education (SBE) held its regular monthly meeting, the last of 2018. The full agenda can be found here.
The consent agenda included a resolution for continued approval of the University of Bridgeport education preparation provider, as well as approval of new educator preparation programs for Teach for America’s bilingual education program and Fairfield University’s special education undergraduate program.
Action items included the Board’s continued investigation into the City of Ansonia for not meeting their funding obligations to the Ansonia Board of Education. The State Department of Education determined that there was reasonable cause to believe that the city lacked legal authority to make a $600,000 reduction in the 2017-18 appropriation to the Ansonia Board of Education. The Board determined that the city has not been meeting its minimum budget requirement (MBR) obligation for 2017-18 and 2018-19, and will proceed to an inquiry hearing before the full Board at next month’s SBE meeting on January 3rd, 2019.
The final agenda item for discussion was an update identifying strategies for goal three of the Board’s five-year strategic plan, Ensuring Equity and Excellence for All Connecticut Students. More on this agenda item can be found here. Goal three seeks to increase diversity in the educator talent pool and fill vacancies in priority shortage areas. Major activities accomplished or in progress for 2018-19 include but are not limited to:
- Engaging the State Student Advisory Council on Education (SSACE) to explore the educator pipeline with a focus on diversifying the workforce;
- Contracting with the RESC/Minority Teacher Recruitment Alliance to scale up promising practices and models of success through direct work with district leaders and teachers; and
- Collaborating with Relay Graduate School of Education in its mission to recruit and enroll candidates of color into its teacher education program. 65 new candidates are enrolled in the 2018-19 cohort.