The New York State Education Department (NYSED) recognizes the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting schools and communities across the state. NYSED and the State Department of Health issued updated guidance
to school and community health officials regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which includes the requirement for schools to close for 24 hours if a student or staff member attended school prior to being confirmed as a positive COVID-19 patient.
In addition, out of an abundance of caution, all future Graduation Measures Regional Meetings
have been postponed. If you have already attended one of the Regional Meetings across the state to provide your input, we sincerely appreciate your contribution to this important effort. The remaining meetings will be rescheduled in the future.
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Thank you for all you do for New York’s students.
|Statement from Chancellor Betty A. Rosa and Interim State Education Commissioner Shannon Tahoe on Board of Regents Appointments
Chancellor Betty A. Rosa and Interim State Education Commissioner Shannon Tahoe announced that Regents Cashin, Collins, Ouderkirk, Tilles and Young have been re-elected to the Board of Regents. Each of them have been steadfast in their work to ensure that every student in New York has access to a high-quality education, regardless of where they come from, where they live or where they go to school.
Chancellor Rosa and Interim Commissioner Tahoe also announced the appointment of Dr. Frances Wills to the Board of Regents. Dr. Wills brings decades of experience in education and work on behalf of New York’s schoolchildren with her to the position, most recently serving as Superintendent of the Putnam Valley School District. Read the full statement from Chancellor Rosa and Interim Commissioner Tahoe
|Board of Regents Acts to Amend Regulations Related to Special Education Due Process Procedures
The Board of Regents acted to amend regulations to improve the special education due process system
in New York State, including measures designed to increase the number of special education impartial hearing officers (IHO) for due process complaints in New York City. The proposed regulatory changes will help address the backlog of cases in New York City and provide some flexibility to allow videoconferencing to alleviate some pressure on the due process system.
The amendments include:
- Expanding the pool of potential IHOs by allowing for the certification of non-attorney IHOs to hear complaints in New York City;
- Requiring IHOs to render decisions in a format consistent with NYSED guidelines that comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA); and
- Allowing IHOs to conduct hearings by video conference with the consent of parties so long as all personally identifiable data, information, or records pertaining to students with disabilities during such hearing is kept confidential.
|NYSED Awards $15.62 Million in Grants for Cohort V of the NYS Pathways in Technology Early College High School Program
The model incorporates an integrated six-year program that combines high school, college, and career training targeted toward academically and economically at-risk students. Recipients will receive funding over seven years contingent upon
State Comptroller’s office approval of the grants.
|NYSED Appoints Bruce Singer as Second Monitor for the East Ramapo Central School District
Interim Commissioner Shannon Tahoe appointed Bruce Singer as a State Monitor
for the East Ramapo Central School District. Mr. Singer will work with Dr. Denise Lowe who has been a State Monitor for the District since November 2018. The State Monitors oversee District operations and propose measures to help ensure students have access to high-quality instruction, programs and services.
|NYS Museum Exhibits Special Installations in Honor of Women’s History Month
The New York State Museum will exhibit three special installations in honor of Women’s History Month and the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which ended the exclusion of voters on the basis of sex.
Open March 10 through April 26 the Museum will exhibit the 2020 Quilt Project, the Central Park Women’s Monument maquette, and a 1913 suffrage wagon.
|My Brother’s Keeper Fellow Profiles
|Transition to the NYS Next Generation Learning Standards
The Board of Regents and NYSED seek to ensure all students have equitable access to high-quality education opportunities, including effective instruction aligned to the New York State Next Generation Learning Standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. Full implementation of the new standards will begin during the 2020-2021 school year for prekindergarten through grade 8.
NYSED’s Next Generation Learning Standards Roadmap is designed to assist educators’ transition to fully implement the new standards. Find an editable version of the Roadmap and other resources on our Curriculum & Instruction website.