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NYSED Awards $78 Million to Support 21st Century Community Learning Centers

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The State Education Department awarded more than $78 million in grants to school districts, not-for-profits, institutes of higher education, and other community-focused organizations to expand or establish 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC), Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced today. The funds will support 122 programs and will be used by the districts and organizations to provide supplemental services and enrichments in schools that serve students in most need of additional supports.

News and Notes: Statement on President Trump's Budget Proposal; Amendments to Teacher Certification Requirements

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In this edition of News and Notes, Commissioner MaryEllen Elia provides updates related to the following: Statement on President Trump's proposed spending plan; Grants for My Brother's Keeper Family and Community Engagement Program; Dignity for All Students Act (DASA); Amending New York State's teacher certification requirements; Opportunities to provide input on the ESSA draft plan; Proposed changes to public library construction aid; and 2017 Essential Elements: Schools to Watch. As always, thank you for all you do for the students of New York State.

Funding Opportunity: Transcribing New York State Exams and Related Materials into Braille

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The New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of State Assessment (OSA) is seeking proposals for the transcribing of New York State Exams and exam-related materials into braille. This request pertains to secure State-developed and State-approved exams including Regents Exams, and elementary- and intermediate-level science tests, as well as science reference tables, scoring materials, reports of exam results, and mathematics tables.

Funding Opportunity: Technical Assistance Center for the Universal Service Discount (E-Rate) Program RFP

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The New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of Educational Design and Technology (ED and T) within the P-12 Program Area is seeking proposals for the provision of technical assistance and planning services related to the implementation of the Universal Service Discount (E-Rate) Program for schools and libraries in New York State. NYSED encourages entities experienced in consulting for educational institutions on the utilization of E-Rate funding to respond to this Request for Proposals.

Funding Opportunity: Intensive Teacher Institute in Bilingual Special Education (ITI-BSE) RFP

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The New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of Special Education is seeking proposals to establish an Intensive Teacher Institute in Bilingual Special Education (ITI-BSE) to address staff shortages in bilingual special education and related service areas through administration of a tuition assistance program involving coordination with NYSED, university-level training programs and LEAs. The purposes of the ITI-BSE are to: manage a tuition assistance program for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing certification to provide services to bilingual students with disabilities in New York State (NYS); provide instructional support to colleges and universities that offer programs leading to BSE certification; engage in outreach to the public, school districts and approved private programs to identify qualified candidates; provide technical assistance to candidates in the areas of certification, coursework requirements, and ITI-BSE requirements; and report to NYSED on candidates’ progress, program completion, completion of service commitments and certification rates.

Chancellor Rosa and Commissioner Elia's Statement on President Trump's Proposed Spending Plan

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President Trump’s proposed drastic cut to the U.S. Department of Education’s budget is an irresponsible disregard for vital education programs and would be devastating to New York’s children. The very programs he proposes to cut play a critical role in fostering equity and eliminating the education gap that exists across our nation. Further, eliminating federal funding for library, art, humanities and public broadcasting programs would decimate essential community centers and non-profit organizations.

NYSED Awards $6 Million in My Brother's Keeper Grants for Family and Community Engagement Program

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The State Education Department (SED) awarded more than $6 million in grants to 42 school districts for the My Brother’s Keeper Family and Community Engagement Program, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced today. These grants will support programs to increase the academic achievement and college and career readiness of boys and young men of color while fostering the development of effective relationships with families to promote the success of all students.

Board of Regents Act To Amend State's Teacher Certification Requirements Based On Recommendations Of Expert Panel And Public Input

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The Board of Regents today took steps to improve the process to obtain an initial teaching certificate in New York. The changes are based on the recommendations of a panel of education experts and public input, and maintain the state’s rigorous standards to ensure that candidates for certification are well-prepared to teach.

Update for Parents from Commissioner MaryEllen Elia

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In this message sent to parents, Commissioner MaryEllen Elia provides some recent news and important updates. These include guidance on the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA); the New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential ; the 2017 Grades 3-8 Tests in ELA and Math; and a reminder about opportunities to provide input on the New York State Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) draft plan.

Update for Parents from Commissioner MaryEllen Elia

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In this message sent to parents, Commissioner MaryEllen Elia gives an update on two significant actions that NYSED took this week: 1) New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the Commissioner issued a reminder that New York State protects transgender students. 2) NYSED released a Survey of Possible School Quality and Student Success Indicators.

News and Notes: Proposed School Health Regulation Changes Ease Burden on School Districts

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In this edition of News and Notes, I provide updates related to the following: Proposed school health regulation changes; Proposed regulation changes to provide greater flexibility in reissuance of classroom certificates and supplementary certificates; Combatting opioid and heroin use and abuse; 2018 Teacher of the Year nominations; and Resources and activities for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
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