Key Notes from the State Board of Education Meeting on July 15-16, 2015
Story Date: 8/10/2015

  

The State Board of Education met on July 15 and 16 in Atlanta.  

July 15

The Board met in committees to review items submitted by the Department of Education for consideration for placement on the action agenda, met in executive session to discuss personnel, waivers of rules, and legal issues, and developed a proposed consent agenda for the Thursday meeting.

July 16

A public hearing was held on two State Board Rules.

  • Amendments to rule Statewide School Nutrition Program.  Amendments contained new definitions for certain positions and adds a requirement for system-level supervisory school nutrition personnel in addition to current staff.  Two people spoke to the rule.
  • Amendments to rule Language Assistance: Program for English Learners.  Includes the Dual Language Immersion Model as a delivery option; clarifies weekly segment requirements; deletes outdated language. No one spoke to the rule.

Action Items
The Board:

  • Accepted a grant for the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf, $5,000, for creation of an American Sign Language version of a book published by the Growing Leaders Foundation. Accepted a grant for the Georgia School for the Deaf, $30,958.41, to purchase increased bandwidth and upgrade technology capacity.
  • Approved 16 new private schools for participation in the Special Needs Scholarship Program. Authorized the State Superintendent to approve nominees to serve on the Title I Committee of Practitioners advisory group. 
  • Approved minutes of the June 11 and June 25, 2015 meetings of the Board. 

Charter/Flexibility Items
The Board approved the following:

  • Approved the distribution of property acquired from the closed Heritage Academy to other charter schools: Amana Academy, Furlow Charter, International Charter, Ivy Prep Girls Academy, Ivy Prep Young Men's Academy.
  • Approved contracts: Strategic Waivers School System - Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Pierce, Taylor.
  • Approved contract: Charter System - Liberty

Contracts and Grants
The Board approved the following:

  •  Assignment of the Georgia Milestones contract for FY 16 to Data Recognitions Corporations who has bought out CTB the current contract holder.
  • Contract renewal, University of Wisconsin, $2, 710,795, for administration of the ACCESS assessment for English Language Learners.
  • Grants to 12 21st Century Community Learning Centers (new subgrantees), $4,085,472 total, to support non-school hour learning programs.Grants to 112 21st Century Community Learning Centers (continuation subgrantees), $34,850,921 total, to support non-school hour learning programs.
  •  Grants to the Department of Juvenile Justice and Department of Corrections, $1,564,118 total, to provide academic support to neglected or delinquent children.
  • Grants to 42 Local Education Agencies, $1,675,267 total, to provide services to homeless children. 
  • Amended grants to Local Education Agencies (FY15 Title I A and D), $539,559 total.
  • Grants, FY16 Title I A, C, and D to Local Education Agencies, 480,736,063 total.
  • Grants, School Improvement (FY 16 Cohort 3, year 3) Bibb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Twiggs, and Wilkinson school systems, $6,005,991 total.
  • Grants, School Improvement (FY 16 Cohort 4, year ) Atlanta, Bibb, Dougherty, Muscogee school systems, $7,992,805 total.
  • Contract, FY 16 Communities in Schools, $1,053,100 for implementation of comprehensive dropout prevention programs.
  • Contract renewal, American Association of Adapted Sports Programs, $75,000, to support participation of students with disabilities in wheelchair sports.
  • Contract, Atlanta Area School for the Deaf, amount to be determined, to purchase digital equipment which will enable staff to broadcast and stream instructional content throughout the school. 
  •  Contract, The College Board, $1,190,000, for administration, scoring, and reporting services for the October PSAT for students in grade 10.
  • Grants, FY 16 Special Education Federal Allocation, to local school districts and other entities, $319,453,057 total, for meeting the needs of students with disabilities. Grants, FY 16 Special Education State Allocation, to local school districts and other entities, $93,564,877 total, for meeting the needs of students with disabilities.
  • Grants, to 16 RESAs, $834,992 total, for School Climate Specialist positions.Grants, to Local Education Agencies, $1,545,000 total, to improved graduation rates of students with disabilities. 
  • Grants, to selected school systems and state agencies (Department of Corrections, Department of Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities, and the GA Vocational Rehabilitation Agency), $2,539,213 total, to serve students placed in institutions or contracted facilities. 
  • Grants, to 16 RESAs, $1,554,976 total, for Educational Technology Center services.
  • Grants, to 40 Local Education Agencies, $986,489.90 total, for participation in the July - September 2015 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.Grants, to 40 Local Education Agencies, $3,497,555.10 total, for participation in the  October 2015 - June 2016 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.

Rules
The Board:

  • Adopted amendments to rule Statewide School Nutrition Program.  The amendments contain new definitions for staff positions and iincludes requirements for additional system-level supervisory school personnel. 
  • Adopted amendments to rule Language Assistance: Program for English Learners.  The amendments includes the Dual Language Immersion Model as a delivery option; clarifies weekly segment requirements; deletes outdated language.
  • Approved the following waivers of State Board rules:
    •  Minimum Direct Classroom Expenditures - Dougherty and Whitfield
    • Statewide Passing Score - Clarke, Dalton, Griffin-Spalding. Allows use of standards-based report cards in grades 4-5.
    • Personnel Required - Chickamauga, Pickens, Quitman.  Allow employment of the superintendent at 49%
    • Personnel Required - Heard.  Allows employment of a 49% School Nutrition Program Director and use one School Nutrition Manager for two schools.  Also allows the Director of Student Services to perform visiting teacher/social worker duties.
    • Personnel Required - Jenkins.  Allows one principal to serve two schools and one media specialist to serve three schools.
    • Personnel Required - McDuffie.  Allows employment of the School Nutrition Director at 50%. 
    • Personnel Required - Tattnall.  Allows one full time principal and one full time assistant principal to serve two schools.
    • Personnel Required - Washington.  Allows one full time media specialist to serve two schools.
    • Class Size - as requested by school systems for the 2015-16 school year as they transition to governance models as indicated by the letters of intent submitted.

    The next regular meeting of the State Board is scheduled for August 19-20.