What is the “Restart” Model?
- Under the federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) regulations,
the restart model is where an school district converts a school or
closes and reopens a school under a charter management
organization (CMO), or an education management organization
(EMO) that has been selected through a rigorous review process.
A restart model must enroll, within the grades it serves, any
former student who wishes to attend the school.
- A CMO is a charter school operator
- An EMO is a non-profit organization that provides whole-school
operational services. In NY State they’re also called Education
Partnership Organizations or EPOs.
DOE Request for Proposals
- Due May 27th at 1pm
- Meeting for applicants is May 19th from 12:30-2 at Brooklyn
Borough Hall Courtroom, 2nd floor, 209 Joralemon Street
- “The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) is
seeking proposals from organizations qualified to provide
support, coaching, and guidance to the leadership of individual
schools that are selected to receive services from providers
selected under this ECS. Educational Partnership Organization
services refers to the support services to be provided to
principals, school leadership teams and school staff in order to
improve student performance and achieve school level
accountability goals. A provider will not perform direct
instructional or educational services, or be responsible for
performing statutory duties unless otherwise noted, including
those of the Panel for Educational Policy, the Chancellor, the
Community Superintendents, and Principals, that may not be
delegated by the NYCDOE; however, the provider will assist
principals with school operation, planning, and enhancement of
- The request for proposals outlines the responsibilities of the EPO,
which are similar but more robust than the network, and are
subject to the union contract. The DOE retains control over hiring
and firing of school leadership and teachers.
- EPOs are supposed to take control of the schools on July 1st
What is an EPO?
- State legislation says that an EPO can receive a contract to
intervene in a PLA or SURR school and will “assume the powers
and duties of the superintendent of schools [ie. community
district superintendent]…including but not limited to…budgetary
decisions, staffing population decisions, student discipline
decisions, decisions on curriculum and determining the daily
schedule and school calendar...” all subject to the union
- Applicants are supposed to have a “proven record of success in
intervening in low-performing schools”
What is a “rigorous review process”?
- Federal SIG guidelines say: “The rigorous review process permits
an LEA (district) to examine a prospective restart operator’s
reform plans and strategies. The purpose of the rigorous review
process is to provide an LEA with an opportunity to ensure that
the operator will use this model to make meaningful changes in a
school. Through the rigorous review process, an LEA might, for
example, require a prospective operator to demonstrate that its
strategies are research-based and that it has the capacity to
implement the strategies it is proposing.”
- SIG funds can be used to fund the “rigorous review process”
Other relevant details on the restart model
- An EMO may require all former students who wish to attend the
restart school to sign student or parent/student agreements
covering student behavior, attendance, and commitments
regarding academic performance. A decision by a student or
parent not to sign the agreement can exclude the student from
attending the school implementing the restart model. A provider
may not, however, require students to meet certain academic
standards prior to enrolling in the school.
- An EMO can take over only some of the grades in a school, or
take over all the grades gradually, a few grades at a time
What happens to the 9 PLA schools that got no SIG model this year?
- They will get $300,000 in school improvement grants
- If they are not closed next year, they will be eligible for SIG funds
again next year