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Summary of May 2024 Board of Regents Meeting 

The Board of Regents conducted their monthly meeting on Monday, May 6, and Tuesday, May 7, 2024. 

Regent Roger Tillis opened the meeting by recognizing the month of May as Jewish Heritage Month when we pay tribute to the Jewish Americans who helped form the fabric of American history, culture and society. Regent Tillis reflected on the idea of Jewish values as they relate to humanitarian values in general. He went on to share that, although it has been a difficult year for the Jewish Community, he is very proud of the actions the Board of Regents has taken in recent years to confront anti-Semitism. 

Regent Shino Tanikawa also recognized the month of May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. She offered some reflective thoughts on the historical and cultural contributions that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made to our country. 

Chancellor Lester Young also acknowledged May 6th as National Nurses Day and the week of May 6 through May 10 as Teacher Appreciation Week. 

P-12 related topics covered during the March meeting and summarized in this report include: 

  • Blue Ribbon Commission on Graduation Measures Update 
  • Enacted State Budget Update 
  • Proposed Amendment Relating to the Awarding of Posthumous Diplomas 
  • Proposed Amendment Relating to Mixed Competition and Extra Class Activities 
  • Graduation Measures Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) Update 

Deputy Commissioner Angelique Johnson-Dingle introduced the opening presentation which included an update on the work of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Graduation Measures (BRC). Th the Deputy Commissioner reviewed the project timeline, the goals and priorities, and updated Board members on the progress to date. 

With regards to future work, it is anticipated the Board will receive another progress update at the June Board of Regents meeting, with specific policy recommendations scheduled to be announced in the Fall 2024. 

The link below includes the slides used during the presentation. They include an overview of the specific priorities being considered by the BRC that could be useful to share with staff, as a frame of reference to have, before the final recommendations are released. 

https://www.regents.nysed.gov/sites/regents/files/FB%20Monday%20-%20New%20York%20State%20Graduation%20Measures%20Initiative_0.pdf 

  • Review of Enacted State Budget Funding to support consolidating three statewide Early Learning Programs to improve enrollment flexibility and access. 
  • An approved APPR policy which focuses on a model that promotes teacher and administrator professional growth. The bill also allows for certification flexibilities to address the teacher shortage. 
  • Funding to support the development of a statewide Financial Literacy Curriculum. 

State Aid Subcommittee members updated the Board on the 2024-25 Board of Regents Budget Proposal as it relates to the recently enacted budget approved by the legislature and signed by the Governor. 

Several items approved in the enacted budget that were in the Board of Regents proposed budget were highlighted. They include: 

With regards to budget requests that were not approved, Commissioner Rosa expressed specific frustration that the legislature did not support the Board’s proposal to fund an extensive study/review of the Foundation Aid Formula. The Commissioner feels that failing to take this step will only continue the annual inconsistencies and inequities that occur each year with Foundation Aid funding during the budget process. 

The link below includes a detailed comparison of the Board’s proposed budget and the actual enacted budget. 

https://www.regents.nysed.gov/sites/regents/files/SA%20-%20Regents%20Priorities%20and%20the%20Enacted%20Budget.pdf 

  • Proposed Amendment Relating to the Awarding of Posthumous Diplomas 

The Board approved an amendment to allow school districts, nonpublic schools and charter schools, at the request of a parent or person in a parental relation, to confer a high school diploma on a deceased student if the student was enrolled in the school or district at the time of death. The amendment becomes effective May 7, 2024. 

https://www.regents.nysed.gov/sites/regents/files/524p12a1revised.pdf 

  • Proposed Amendment Relating to Mixed Competition and Extra Class Activities Requiring that in instances where a school employs a selection process for student athletes to participate on a team, eligibility should be determined during the tryout process. This allows school staff to determine whether a prospective student athlete has sufficient related skills, knowledge of the sport, motivation, and the appropriate cognitive, motor, and social development to successfully participate on a particular team. 
  • Updated terminology that includes gender neutral and gender inclusive language, and updates to language that has been previously used to reference students with disabilities. 
  • Clarification of the Athletic Placement Process for districts to allow students in grades 7 and 8 to play up to high school level teams or for students in grades 9-12 to play down at the modified level. 

The Board discussed amendments that provide parameters for male and female students to participate on the same interschool athletic team (Mixed Competition), when a school does not offer separate male and female teams. 

Based upon a review of the law, research, and stakeholder feedback, the amendment proposes that the department is committed to providing athletes of all genders the opportunity to play and participate in extra class athletic activities. This includes promoting process equality between separate male and female athletic programs and encouraging mixed gender teams. 

Key components of the proposed amendments include: 

It is anticipated that the proposed amendment will be presented for permanent adoption at the September 2024 Board of Regents meeting after the expiration of the 60-day public comment period. 

The link below incudes the specific provisions and new terminology included in the proposed amendments. 

https://www.regents.nysed.gov/sites/regents/files/524p12d1.pdf 


Archived Summaries:

2024
Summary of  May 2024 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of April 2024 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of March 2024 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of February 2024 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of January 2024 Board of Regents Meeting

2023
Summary of December 2023 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of November 2023 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of October 2023 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of September 2023 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of July 2023 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of June 2023 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of May 2023 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of April 2023 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of March 2023 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of February 2023 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of January 2023 Board of Regents Meeting

2022
Summary of December 2022 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of November 2022 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of October 2022 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of September 2022 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of June 2022 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of May 2022 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of April 2022 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of March 2022 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of February 2022 Board of Regents Meeting

2021
Summary of December 2021 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of November 2021 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of October 2021 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of September 2021 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of July 2021 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of June 2021 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of May 2021 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of April 2021 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of March 2021 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of February 2021 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of January 2021 Board of Regents Meeting

2020
Summary of December 2020 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of November 2020 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of October 2020 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of September 2020 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of July 2020 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of May 2020 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of April 2020 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of March 2020 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of February 10 and 11, 2020 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of January 13th and 14th 2020 Board of Regents Meeting

2019
Summary of December 9th and 10th  2019 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of November 4th and 5th 2019 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of October 7th and 8th 2019 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of September 9th and 10th 2019 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of July 9th and 10th 2019 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of June 3rd and 4th 2019 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of April 8th and 9th 2019 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of February 11th and 12th 2019 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of January 14th and 15th 2019 Board of Regents Meeting

2018
Summary of December 18 2018 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of December 10th and 11th 2018 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of October 15th and 16th 2018 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of September 2018 meeting of the Board Regents
Summary of June 11th and 12th 2018 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of May 2018 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of April 2018 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of March 2018 Board of Regents
Summary of January 2018 Board of Regents Meeting

2017
Summary of November 2017 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of Sept 11th and 12th Board of Regents Meetings
Summary of July 2017 Board of Regents
Summary of June 2017 Board of Regents
Summary of March 2017 Board of Regents
Summary of December 2016 Board of Regents
Summary of November 2016 Board of Regents Meeting
Summary of July 11th 2016 Board of Regents Meeting