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State response to school choice plan - Appendices A and B

State response to school choice plan - Appendices A and B

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Appendices to the 9-3-13 response letter from NY Deputy Education Commissioner Ken Slentz regarding the district's school choice plan.
Appendices to the 9-3-13 response letter from NY Deputy Education Commissioner Ken Slentz regarding the district's school choice plan.

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Appendix A: Additional Activities To Be Incorporated Into BPS Public School ChoiceCorrective Action Plan
BPS shall incorporate into its Public School Choice Corrective Action Plan the following actions, and anyassociated actions necessary to complete the goal, and shall identify for each action the timelines for completion, benchmarks, Board of Education reports/updates, and persons responsible for implementingthe action. If BPS does not believe it is appropriate to incorporate an action into its plan, it shall provide a justification for why the action is unnecessary to achieve the specified goal.Additionally, BPS must convene a team comprised of Board members, district staff, school leaders,teachers, parents, and community organizations to review each of the goals established in the plan andaddress each of the statements provided by SED to guide refinement of the plan. As part of this process,the board of education must consider any recommendations made by the Distinguished Educator inaccordance with Education Law §211-
c and §100.17 of the Commissioner’s
Regulations.
Goal 1: Open two (2) New Schools; elementary or secondary as schools In Good Standing bySeptember 2014
Identifying Areas for New Schools
Create a methodology for identifying the areas in Buffalo that would benefit most from this strategy,which takes into account enrollment, community involvement and partnerships, nearby schoolaccountability statuses, student achievement data, and available facilities. This methodology should beclear enough for parents and the school community to understand.
Working with the Unions
Create a process for notification of/consultation with the administrators
and teachers
unions.
Identifying Funding Resources
Clearly identify all funding sources available to support program implementation. Determine what capitalfunding is available through SED. Use this information along with the analysis of staffing requirements,costs for facilities upgrades, and costs for selected programs to guide budgetary decisions.
Make Staffing, Enrollment and Educational Program Decisions: 
Recruit a new principal from a school in Good Standing or with a track record of turning around a low performing school.Create a staffing plan that ensures that a significant number of the teaching staff (more than 50%) are newto the school (i.e., staff are not from a school that is being phased out and replaced by new school).Choose a Common Core aligned curriculum for the new schools that is either new or the same as theCommon Core aligned curriculum of a school In Good Standing.Develop a plan for comprehensive professional development for implementation of curriculum.
If the New Schools are Charters: 
Create a timeline for outreach to community and charter school applicants.Ensure that charters submit applications to the Regents as the authorizer per the Regents Charter SchoolApplication at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/psc/startcharter.html or SUNY at
 
http://www.newyorkcharters.org/openAppKit.htm.Letters of intent for Fall 2014 applications are due
 
September 4, 2013.If converting a district school to a charter school, see guidelines for conversion to a charter school issued by the NYSED Charter School Office (also see Education Law Section 2851(3) and Section 2852(9)).Conversion charter schools would be authorized by the Buffalo Board of Education and creation mayoccur on the district
’s timeline.
 Utilize charter school pre-opening document as guide for new school launch for charters, or modify the pre-opening document for district school launch.Ensure that CSE meetings address any "change in placement" to a charter school.
 
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Register New Schools with the Board of Regents: 
Work with the Board of Education to adopt resolutions for new school openings, prior to the March 1, 2014deadline for submission.Fill out and submit prior to March 1, 2014 the required forms for New School Registration.
Ensure Supports for Students with Disabilities
Conduct review of facilities for accessibility pursuant to Americans with Disabilities Act.Identify full continuum of special education services to meet the needs of students to be served.Determine the special education program needs of the students with disabilities who will be educated in theseschools based on
the students’
IEPs.Develop a process and timetable to ensure timely CSE meetings/annual reviews are conducted and IEPs are in place at start of school year.Plan for appropriate space within new schools for full range of services (e.g., related services space, resourcerooms, and special classes).Determine staffing needed to provide the full scope of required special education services and ensure timelycompletion of staff assignments to meet IEPs.Review the special transportation needs of students who will be placed in the new schools and develop a planto ensure that students are provided with special transportation per their IEPs.Include specific plans for professional development to implement a multi-tiered system of supports thataddresses student academics and behavior and provides students with specially designed instruction.If charter school option is chosen, ensure RFP requires admission of appropriate percentage of students withdisabilities.Ensure the administrative capacity of Student Support Teams by creating a robust process for providing prevention and/or intervention services to students who are at risk because of academic or behavioral issues.Expand capacity of staff to provide special education administrative functions (e.g., CSE, case management).
Ensure Supports for English Language Learners: 
Identify full continuum of ELL services that must be provided to meet the needs of students to be served.Determine the program needs of the ELLs to be educated in these schools.Plan for appropriate space within new schools to provide a full range of programs and services to ELLs.Determine appropriate and required staffing to provide a full range of programs and services to ELLs.Include specific plans for professional development to implement a multi-tiered system of supports thataddresses student academics and behavior and provides specially designed instruction for ELLs.If charter school option is chosen, ensure RFP requires admission of appropriate percentage of ELLs
Make Facilities Ready for Students: 
Work with administration and principal to identify any capital improvements or changes necessary toaccommodate the new educational program.Identify process needed to complete facilities work (e.g., consultants, design, SED approval, building permit, bid award, work execution).Obtain Certificate of Substantial Completion, fire inspection and Certificate of Occupancy prior toSeptember.Obtain necessary permits and approvals for alterations from SED Facilities Planning.
Create Plan for Progress Monitoring of the Creation of the New School and District Support of the New School after opening: 
Require monthly update meetings with NYSED team to discuss progress on the implementation of eachactivity in the plan.
Establish a trouble-shooting process so BPS staff can immediately contact their assigned NYSED liaison anytime that a barrier to greater PSC participation is identified. At that time, BPS staff should be able to describewhat action steps have been taken to date to address the barrier and explain why the actions were notsuccessful.
 
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Goal 2: Close/Reopen at least one under-enrolled Priority elementary school and one under-enrolled Priority secondary school and reopen them as Schools in Good Standing by September2014
Identifying Schools for Closure and Re-Opening: 
 Create a clear methodology for identifying the schools that would benefit most from this strategy, takinginto account enrollment, community involvement and partnerships, school accountability status, studentachievement data, physical condition of facilities, enrollment capacity and capital needs. Thismethodology should be clear enough for parents and the school community to understand.Create a school impact statement that details how the closures will affect the surrounding community.The impact statement must address the issues outlined in the NYSED Educational Impact Form, whichcan be found at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/irs/newschool/ . Work with the Board to identify which schools will be closed and re-opened.
 
Working with Unions
 Create a process for notification of/consultation with administrators
and teachers
unions.
Identifying Funding Resources
 Clearly identify all funding sources available to support program implementation. Determine what capitalfunding is available through SED. Use this information along with the analysis of staffing requirements,costs for facilities upgrades, and costs for selected programs to guide budgetary decisions.
Make Staffing, Enrollment and Educational Program Decisions for the Re-Opening (New) Schools
 Recruit new principals from schools In Good Standing or who have a track record of turning around a low performing school.Create a staffing plan that ensures that a significant number of the teaching staff (more than 50%) are newto the school (i.e., staff are not from a school that is being phased out and replaced by new school).Create a plan in consultation with parents of students in the closing school that allows them to enroll inanother BPS school if they do not wish to attend the re-opened school.Choose a Common Core aligned curriculum for the new schools that is either new or the same as theCommon Core aligned curriculum of a school In Good Standing.Develop a plan for comprehensive professional development for implementation of curriculum.
If the Re-opened Schools are Charters
Engage in outreach to community and charter school applicants.Submit applications to the Regents as the authorizer per the Regents Charter School Application athttp://www.p12.nysed.gov/psc/startcharter.html or SUNY athttp://www.newyorkcharters.org/openAppKit.htm.Letters of intent for Fall 2014 applications are dueSeptember 4, 2013.If converting a district school to a charter school, see guidelines for conversion to a charter school issued by the NYSED Charter School Office (also see Education Law Section 2851(3) and Section 2852(9)).Conversion charter schools would be authorized by the Buffalo Board of Education and creation may
occur on the district’s timeline.
 Utilize charter school pre-opening document as guide for new school launch for charters, or modify the pre-opening document for district school launch.
 
Ensure that CSE meetings address any "change in placement" to a charter school.
 Submit Closure Forms to SED and Register Re-Opening (New) Schools with the Board of Regents: 
Work with the Board of Education to adopt resolutions for new school openings, prior to the March 1,2014 deadline for submission.Fill out and submit prior to March 1, 2014 the required forms for New School registration.Fill out and submit prior to March 1, 2014 the required forms for Closure.
Ensure Supports for Students with Disabilities 
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