SBE Meeting Highlights April 19, 2018
The State Board of Education held its Regular Monthly Board Meeting on Thursday, April 19, 2018 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
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.
- Matt Burrows, Superintendent of Appoquinimink School District and Mike Trego, CTE Coordinator presented the Innovations in CTE pathways, Work force learning, and Advisory Committees. Presentation materials are included in the linked agenda above.
- Board members discussed events and meetings in which they had been involved throughout the month during their monthly reports. Updates were also provided on involvement with DSBA, upcoming NASBE events and resources, and the P-20 Council. Dr. Loftus shared the events surrounding the Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic Launch at University of Delaware. Developed as a mechanism to further engage higher education institutions in strengthening the alignment and preparation of students for post-secondary training. The partnership of IHE’s across DE, MD, and DC provide an opportunity to refocus the goals and efforts of the P-20 Council The Executive Director presented her report which included a thank you to the Board for the opportunity to serve them as their executive director for the last seven years. She reviewed the articles selected for the information summary, which included multiple articles discussing the NAEP score release the prior week.
- Johnson updated the Board on the work related to the Literacy Campaign including one item coming before the Board for action that was directly aligned with their policy briefs connected to the campaign focus areas. The Board received an update on the NASBE Early Childhood Education Network grant. Delaware was selected to join the state network and the SBE’s grant was awarded. The first state network convening is April 26th in Alexandria, VA. NASBE will pay all expenses for up to five members of the grant team to attend. The SBE Board members serving on this team include Dr. Aubrey Noble and Nina Lou Bunting.
- Secretary Bunting provided a comprehensive report to the Board which included details about the second meeting of the newly created Teacher Advisory Council which was attended by 27 teachers from 16 districts and 3 charter schools, SBE member Nina Lou Bunting attended the meeting as the representative of the Board. Dr. Bunting also provided details about her participation the Annual Teacher of the Year Forum, which was attended by over 40 Educators, Legislators, and community partners. Her other notable engagements including the recognition of April as the Month of the Military Child, participation in the Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic launch, continued visits at schools throughout the state and touring a number of early child education centers.
- The Board recognized Charter School Impact Leader of the Year and presented a recognition to their Executive Director, Donna Johnson, for seven years of service and wished her well in her new position in DC.
- The Department provided additional information following the prior month’s presentation of the annual graduation and dropout rate report. Secretary Bunting engaged in discussion on aspects of the supports and programs provided by the Department to address underperforming schools as well as best practices resulting in successful outcomes from schools with the highest gains.
- There were no Department Regulations before the Board this month
- The Board took action on the Major Modification for Academia Antonio Alonso and the major modification for Delaware Design Lab High School. Both modifications were approved unanimously by voice vote.
- The Board also assented to the Secretary’s approval of a new charter school, Sussex Montessori. The school was approved with the following conditions:
- The motion was made and seconded to recommend Sussex Montessori School’s application for a new charter be approved with the following conditions:
Should the charter not:
- Meet 80% enrollment by May 1, 2019, including all documentation required to be properly accounted for in the Unit Count;
- Acquire a facility in accordance with 14 Del. Code § 511 (n);
- Meet other deadlines specifically defined in statute or regulation, the charter will be revoked.
Should the charter fail to meet other pre-opening conditions, not defined above, as outlined by the Charter School Office, the charter may be placed on formal review.
- Denise Stouffer, Lead Ed Associate Charter School Office provided an update on the current conditions placed on DAPSS.
- The Professional Standards Board presented Regulation 1521 Elementary Teacher for final approval. The regulation was approved unanimously by voice vote. PSB Executive Director Chris Kenton then presented the following regulations for discussion: Regulation 1504 Certificate of Eligibility, Regulation 1510 Issuance of Initial License, 1511 Issuance and Renewal of Continuing License, and 1565 World Language Teacher were all approved for publication and will be before the Board next month for discussion. These regulations will be out for public comment during the entire month of April.
- The Secretary invited Dr. Mark Dufendach, Superintendent from Polytech, to present the views of the Chief School Officers regarding their request submitted for forgiveness of instructional days/hours for students and teacher days/hours.
- The Secretary expressed the following regarding the request: “For many years a traditional item on the State Board’s April agenda was the request for the forgiveness of snow days. Kevin Fitzgerald, Debbie Wicks, and I were the Chiefs assigned to attend the April 2015 State Board meeting to present the district’s request. At the end of the discussion, the Board firmly stated that districts should build into their calendars extra time to cover the days predictably missed so that a minimal number of days would have to be added at the end of the school year. Chiefs were admonished about requesting the forgiveness of days in the future. I believe it is time for the Board to revisit that stand. Many districts have added minutes to each day or built in extra days to account for inclement weather based closings. Yet, this has been an unusual winter with days that have been affected by limited states of emergency and the closing of state offices but not schools. Consequently, I request that the Board forgive one day this year to provide fairness and consistency in the future I suggest that several Chiefs work with me on regulatory or legislative revision to prevent having to annually repeat this process of snow day forgiveness.”
- The Board discussed the importance of maximizing the instructional hours for students and also asking how districts utilize existing flexibility to allow for teacher’s to earn professional development hours that count towards their hour equivalent of 188 days. It was requested that these new regulations/procedure include the reporting of actual/projected instructional hours for students. After a robust discussion the Board approved the request unanimously.
The next regular monthly meeting of the State Board is scheduled for
Thursday, May 17, 2018
The meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m.