February 11th NYSED Board of Regents & SUNY Board of Trustees Meetings
Yesterday, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Board of Regents and State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees Charter Schools Committee each held their monthly meetings. The full agendas for each of these items can be found here and here.
The NYSED Board of Regents meeting discussed a few items that included charter schools. The first item for discussion was on the public report of ESSA School and District Accountability Determinations, which was presented by NYSED Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. The full report of this item can be found here. Under the new accountability system NYSED identified 106 Target Districts, 245 Comprehensive Support and Improvement Schools (CSI), and 125 Targeted Support and Improvement Schools (TSI). There were 8 charter schools total identified under the accountability system for the 2018-19 school year; 7 were identified as CSI and 1 TSI.
Other charter school related items on the agenda included a presentation on a recently released NYSED report on the 2014 Cohort Graduation Rates and a review of highlights of the 2019-20 Executive Budget. The NYSED report mentions that for charter schools the overall graduation rates went down by 2.5 percentage points from the previous year. The full report can be found here.
The last charter related item on the NYSED Board agenda included a review of the highlights of the Executive’s proposed 2019-2020 budget. Theses highlights include:
- The Executive Budget would not increase the total statewide charter school cap or address the limited number of charters remaining under the cap that can be located in New York City.
- The Executive Budget would increase, on a one-time basis, per pupil NYC charter School Aid by 3.5%, or $24.9 million.
- On Student Safety the Executive Budget would require charter schools to create plans, developed with stakeholder input, to define the roles and areas of responsibility of school personnel, security personnel, school resource officers, and law enforcement in response to student misconduct that violates the code of conduct. Such plan would be incorporated into and published as part of the district or charter school safety plan.
More on this proposal can be found here.
The SUNY Board of Trustees Charter Schools Committee meeting took up for consideration a resolution extending the charter school renewals of seven charter schools for a full five years. The Committee voted unanimously to approve the full five year charter renewals of Boys Preparatory Charter School of New York, Democracy Prep Charter School of Harlem, Central Brooklyn Ascend Charter School, Explore Charter School, and Explore Excel Charter School. Additionally, Success Academy Charter School Bed Stuy 1 and Success Academy Charter School Upper West were granted early five year renewals by a vote of 2:1.
The SUNY Board of Trustees Charter Schools Committee also approved a resolution for two charter school revisions for Green Tech High Charter School in Albany and Success Academy Charter Schools (NYC). Green Tech High Charter School was approved by the Committee to open a middle school to expand their program to serve students from 6th to 8th grade. Green Tech Charter Schools will serve 440 students from 6th to 7th grade and 9th to 12th grade by the 2020-21 school year. The full resolution for this item can be found here.
The Committee also approved a resolution for two extensions for Success Academy. The two extensions included:
- The extension of the “charter” or the corporate authority of an education corporation to be able to operate a school (whether or not that school is open), which is known as a “charter extension”; and
- The extension of the date by which an education corporation must open a school, which is a SUNY charter agreement requirement.