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Charter Schools Authorized by the New York State Board of Regents: Performance Oversight – A New Approach. New York State Education Department Charter School Office November 11, 2011 2:00 p.m. — 4:15 p.m. NYCSA Annual Conference. Presenters and Audience.
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New York State Education Department
Charter School Office
November 11, 2011
2:00 p.m. — 4:15 p.m.
NYCSA Annual Conference
NYSED Charter School Office Presenters
Cliff Chuang, Director
Barbara Moscinski, Associate, CSP Project Director
Susan Megna, Supervisor, New Schools Development
Board Members, School Leaders and Teachers at charter schools directly authorized by the NYS Board of Regents
Charter School Consultants who work with Regents-authorized Charter Schools
Prospective founding groups
This session will provide an update on the Charter Schools Office’s prioritized focus on high quality charter school authorizing in alignment with national best practice standards. This has been most apparent in the new school review process, but we are equally committed to ensuring that all charter schools directly authorized by the Board of Regents are of the highest quality through our ongoing performance oversight and renewal process.
The Big Picture
Performance Oversight for Regents-authorized charters
Liaison vs. Functional Structure
Report Format Activity
2012 RFP to Establish New Charter Schools Authorized by the Board of Regents
Open Forum: An opportunity for session participants to ask questions and to share concerns with SED’s Charter School Office
To create and sustain excellent educational options for New York State families on behalf of the Board of Regents through high quality charter school authorizing, fair and transparent oversight of all charter schools, and the dissemination of innovative school designs and practices.
NYSED CSO Strategic Plan
New York Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grant
$113 million for 2011-2016
Planning and Implementation funds for up to 200 new schools
$5,000,000 for high-performing charter school dissemination grants
New York State Quality Charter Authorizing Partnership
All information pertaining to charter schools can be found at NYSED’s Charter School Office website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/psc/
Let’s take a brief tour …
About Charter Schools (including laws and regs)
Regents-Authorized Performance Oversight
“Frannie and her friends” – Up to 5 new hires over the next few months.
Overview of Liaison vs. Functional Structure
Example of administrative oversight activities:
Approval of new trustees
Varying degrees of reporting
Evidence for high-stakes decision-making
Feedback to schools on performance
“Looking under the hood” from the authorizer’s perspective
What type of reporting feedback do you prefer?
Draft expected to be posted next week.
Similar process, but streamlined and strengthened
2 cycles RFP launched on 1/3/12; Jan-Jun, July to Dec
Expanded LOI, no prospectus, everything incorporated into full application
Eligibility for CSP is qualified by application that meets all criteria, i.e. issuance of charter
Enhanced CSP funding for applications that meet priorities: special populations (at-risk of not graduating, ELL, SPED), innovative instructional models (online/blended), rural, diversity
Information sessions: November 30, Buffalo; December 12, NYCDoE; December 19, webinar; with others possible
Revisions of fiscal oversight protocols
Finalization of Performance Framework
Guidance on Enrollment and Retention Targets
Policies around replication and mergers
To make sure you get all communications from NYSED, please make sure that your school’s contact info is updated in SEDREF, NYSED’s administrative information system:
Let’s check one of your schools at: http://portal.nysed.gov/portal/pls/pref/sed_inst_qry_vw%24.startup
For assistance in updating your school’s info, see: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sedrefupdate.html. Also please be sure to copy firstname.lastname@example.org on any updates.
The Department currently maintains the contact info for the following at a charter school
Board of Trustees President
Chief Executive Officer (direct report to the Board of Trustees)
Director of Special Education
Title I Coordinator
NYSED Charter School Office