Wednesday, June 12, 2019
The Board of Regents held its regular meeting June 3 and 4, 2019. They discussed a data dashboard for parents, identifying child abuse in schools, substantial equivalency of instruction for nonpublic school students, and approved two deputy appointments, registrations of public and nonpublic schools and requests to exceed the constitutional debt limit.
Regents Approve Appointment of Two Senior Education Officials
At their June meeting, the Board of Regents confirmed the appointment by Commissioner Elia of replacements for Jhone Ebert and Angelica Infante-Green who left NYSED to serve as state education commissioners in Nevada and Rhode Island.
Current Capital Region BOCES District Superintendent Anita Murphy will succeed Jhone Ebert as Senior Deputy Commissioner for Education Policy. Former Albany City School District Interim Superintendent and current SED Assistant Commissioner Kimberly Wilkins will succeed Angelica as Deputy Commissioner for Instructional Support.
We congratulate Anita and Kim on their appointments and look forward to working with them to improve education for New York’s students.
Regents Discuss Data Dashboard for Parents
The Regents discussed plans for a Parent Dashboard, which New York State has committed to as part of its approved ESSA plan. The Parent Dashboard will be an easy-to-use website created by NYSED for parents, community stakeholders, and the general public to increase transparency and make information about school performance and other school-level data easier to access. The Parent Dashboard will provide easy access to the following school-level data elements:
- ESSA Accountability Status
- Student Enrollment and Ethnicity
- Average Class Size
- NYS Test Scores
- School Climate
- Graduation Rates
- College, Career, and Civic Readiness
Regents Discuss Regulations to Identify Child Abuse in Educational Settings
The P12 Committee discussed proposed amendments to Sections 100.2(hh) and 200.7, and Subpart 57-1 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relating to reports of child abuse in an educational setting required to implement statutory changes required by Chapter 363 of the Laws of 2018 and to ensure that the necessary individuals receive the appropriate training in the identification of child abuse in an educational setting and training in the identification of child abuse and maltreatment within the meaning of the statute. It is anticipated that the proposed rule will be presented to the Board of Regents for permanent adoption at the September 2019 Regents meeting.
Regents Discuss Substantial Equivalency Regulations
The P-12 Committee discussed proposed amendments to Commissioner’s Regulations add a new Part 130 of the Commissioner’s Regulations to establish requirements related to substantial equivalency of instruction for nonpublic school students.
The Board of Regents approved proposals to exceed the debt limit and registrations of public and nonpublic schools at their June 2019 meeting.
- Petition of the City School District of the City of Amsterdam for Consent to Exceed the Constitutional Debt Limit.
- Petition of the City School District of the City of Geneva for Consent to Exceed the Constitutional Debt Limit. [Capital Improvements Project]
- Petition of the City School District of the City of Geneva for Consent to Exceed the Constitutional Debt Limit. [Bus Acquisition]
- Registration of Public Schools.
- Registration of Religious and Independent High Schools Visited in 2018-2019.