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News and Notes: Grants Now Available for New York State My Brother's Keeper Initiatives

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This edition of News and Notes provides important updates related to New York State's My Brother's Keeper initiative; certification of out-of-state teachers and leaders; public comment on draft goals and guiding principals for school accountability; creation of Community Schools; Charter School Dissemination Grants; the Summer Food Service Program; and construction grants for public libraries. In addition, we recap conversations I have had with students via Google Hangout about cyberbullying and technology in the classroom.

Funding Opportunity: 2016-17 Title I School Improvement Reward School Dissemination Grants

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Section 1003(a) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires that State Education Agencies allocate funds to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to carry out the State's responsibilities under sections 1116 and 1117, including support for Reward Schools to mentor staff at Priority and Focus Schools, and refine and enhance the Reward School’s own best practices.

Funding Opportunity: 2016-17 Title I Basic School Improvement Grant

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Section 1003(a) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires that State Education Agencies allocate funds to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) for Title I Priority and Focus Schools to meet the progress goals in their District Comprehensive Improvement Plan and School Comprehensive Education Plan(s) (DCIP/SCEP) and thereby improve student performance. These funds are to be used to support implementation of school improvement activities as required in the ESEA flexibility waiver.

Funding Opportunity: Child Nutrition Program: Administrative Review System (CNP: ARS)

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The New York State Education Department (NYSED) Child Nutrition Program (CNP) is seeking proposals from vendors to provide Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) software solutions and accompanying integration and support services to replace its current Administrative Review (AR) process and comply with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) requirements.

News and Notes: Regents Expand Diploma Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

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In this issue, we highlight the expanding diploma opportunities for students with disabilities; videos and information related to New York State's My Brother's Keeper initiative; and the Summer Reading program launch. In addition, the Board of Regents acted earlier this month to provide flexibility in meeting teacher and principal evaluation requirements. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) also released guidance about Community Schools aid. Finally, late last month, NYSED released the highest ever percentage of questions from the 2016 grades 3-8 ELA and math tests.

Funding Opportunity: 1003(g) School Improvement Grant (SIG) (Round 7)

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Under New York State Education Department’s (NYSED’s) approved Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility waiver, the state’s persistently lowest-achieving schools are identified as Priority Schools and may also be placed under registration review (SURR), pursuant to Commissioner’s regulation 100.18. As a result, Priority Schools, with the support of the larger district and school-community, have an opportunity to develop and implement a whole-school change model with the goal of achieving dramatic school-level achievement gains such that the school is in good academic standing within three years.

Funding Opportunity: Provider of Student Growth Measures for Use in Educator Evaluation and Institutional Accountability

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The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking proposals to provide student growth measures for use in Institutional Accountability determinations pursuant to the Commissioner’s Regulations §100.18 and 100.19 and State-provided growth scores for teachers, principals, schools, and districts pursuant to New York State Education Law §3012-c and § 3012-d; and to co-lead a process to review and redesign existing student growth methodologies based on recommendations from the New York State Student Growth Model workgroup, NYSED, and the Board of Regents.

Notice of Intent: Provider of Student Growth Measures for Use in Educator Evaluation and Institutional Accountability

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The New York State Education Department (NYSED) intends to release a request for proposals (RFP) to provide student growth measures for use in Institutional Accountability determinations pursuant to the Commissioner’s Regulations §§100.18 and 100.19 and State-provided growth scores for teachers, principals, and districts pursuant to New York State Education Law §3012-c and § 3012-d; and to co-lead a process to review and redesign existing student growth methodologies based on recommendations from the New York State Student Growth Model workgroup, NYSED, and the Board of Regents.

Public Comment - Transferability of Non-administrative State Funds

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The New York State Education Department (NYSED) will exercise its transfer authority within Section 6123 Transferability of Funds, to move not more than 50 percent of the non-administrative state funds from Title IV – B 21st Century to its allotment under Title I. Interested parties can submit comments regarding this request to NYSEDP12@nysed.gov by May 25, 2016. Please enter Transferability of Non-administrative State Funds in the email’s subject line.

Funding Opportunity: Network Training Center

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The Office of Special Education of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) seeks to establish a Network Training Center (NTC) to provide professional development and evaluation of the State’s Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Centers (RSE-TASC). The RSE-TASCs form a comprehensive and coordinated system of technical assistance and school improvement resources that directly assist school districts to improve results for students with disabilities.
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