State Board Meeting Highlights November 16, 2017
The State Board of Education held its Regular Monthly Board Meeting on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
All materials and presentations from the meeting can be accessed on the online meeting platform posted within each month’s agenda as posted on our website (www.destateboarded.k12.de.us ).
- Here is a direct link to the agenda complete with links and attached documents related to presentations and other items before the Board: SBE Monthly Meeting Agenda November 2017
The audio recording from the meeting is now posted on the State Board website. An index of the recording with live links by section is copied below.
- Board members discussed education events in which they had been involved including the Community Conversations for School Report Cards, Campaign for Grade Level Reading Announcement, Presentation to the first ever Milken Educator in Delaware, Teacher of the Year forum meeting, Announcement of School CTE Pathway grants, and discussions with higher education leaders. The Executive Director presented her report which included discussion of the National Association of State Boards of Education Annual Conference, Announcement of the second workshop in a series on school report cards to be held on December 6th (detailed information is included at the end of this update), and provided an update on the SBE Literacy Campaign and the Campaign for Grade Level reading which is a part of that larger plan. Additionally, she provided an overview or local and national articles related to education issues which were provided for review by the Board and public.
- Secretary Bunting provided a comprehensive report to the Board which included details about many of the school visits and events with school leaders, educators, and students in which she had been involved throughout the month. These visits included meeting with the Consolidation Task Force, participating in College Application Month events, attending town hall meetings in Wilmington related to the proposed Wilmington Schools partnership, speaking with students and staff from Colonial, Smyrna, and Lake Forest Districts, and joined in a visit of state officials celebrating the 20thyear of a partnership between Miyagi Prefecture and Delaware schools. She is continuing to review comments related to Regulation 225, which is out for public comment until December 4th and if warranted will make modifications to the proposed regulation which may result in additional publication for comments. She continues to meet with Charter liaisons and has continued goal setting meetings with district Superintendents. She was excited to launch the Campaign for Grade Level reading, extend Innovations grants to 40 schools expanding Delaware Pathways programs, and honor Delaware’s finalists for the Presidential Awards in Excellence in Mathematics and Science teaching. Next month she is looking forward to bringing new Financial Literacy standards and Computer Science standards to the Board for review and consideration for adoption. Following a question from the Board on the status of the work related to the MOU between Christina School District and the DOE and Governor’s Office, she outlined the work underway as well as the timeline before the Christina Board of Education, the information sessions, the public town halls, and the anticipation of action taking place at their December board meeting. She will keep the Board updated on the developments in this important work.
- The Board received a recognized the winners of the annual School bus safety poster contest and also recognized the Delaware finalists for the Presidential Excellence in Mathematics and Science teaching.
- The Board received a presentation from two of the approved school leadership certification preparation programs: University of Delaware’s Principal Preparation Program (PPP) and Teach for America’s Lead for Delaware program (Lead for DE) . The presentations outlined the success the programs have had with their first cohorts, the Board heard from program leaders, as well as program graduates and participants. Additional information and resources for each program were provided on the agenda page for this item.
- Department Regulations 925: Children with Disabilities Subpart D, Evaluations, Eligibility Determination, Individualized Education Programs and 103: Accountability for Schools, Districts and State were presented. Additionally, Secretary only regulations currently out for public comment were made available for information.
- Denise Stouffer presented an update from the Charter School Office which included an overview of the charter renewal timeline and application information for the five schools currently being considered for renewal.
- The Professional Standards Board brought forward regulation 1515, Hearing Rules and Procedures for re-publication after making some revisions to it following the public comment period. The Board voted to send the regulation forward for publication and will hear it again next month for discussion. The PSB Executive Director thanked the State Board for their public comment received on 1515 and indicated that they had been working with the SBE’s Executive Director to pursue those recommended statutory changes.
- The Board received public comment from the Delaware Charter Schools Network regarding the public school choice expo in NCC and the one schedule for November 18th in Kent County. These were public expos which featured public school choice offerings at district, charter, and vo-tech schools in each county.
- The Board received an update from its Deputy Attorney General regarding two appeal requests that had been received regarding student disciplinary appeals. Both of those appeals are currently in process and will likely not come before the Board for action until January.
- The Board also received the September 30th Enrollment Report and the Educational Program Enrollment Report for information from the Department.
- Final Reminders were made about the change of the December Board meeting date. The Board has changed the date of its December meeting to better align with facility schedules. They will meet December 14, 2017 instead of the originally scheduled date.
- The SBE will host its second State Report Card workshop on December 6th from 5pm – 8:30pm. This will include interactive discussion on the look, accessibility, design, and usability of new state and also feature a presentation from a national group that is experienced and has assisted states in the development of school report cards and dashboards. Additional Details will be sent out in the coming weeks.
The next regular monthly meeting of the State Board is scheduled for
Thursday, December 14, 2017
The meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m.