FAQs on Receivership
Please see metrics (demonstrable improvement targets) by clicking the appropriate link below.
Poughkeepsie High School
Please see the second report in a series of quarterly reports required by the New York State Education Department in its ongoing “effort to hold schools and Districts accountable for the results to be achieved in Persistently Struggling and Struggling Schools.” Poughkeepsie High School (PHS) continues to implement an approach utilizing coherent, targeted strategies to rapidly improve student learning and success.
Poughkeepsie Middle School
Please see the second report in a series of quarterly reports required by the New York State Education Department in its ongoing “effort to hold schools and Districts accountable for the results to be achieved in Persistently Struggling and Struggling Schools.” Poughkeepsie Middle School (PMS) is implementing a coherent set of targeted strategies to rapidly improve student learning and success.
Question 1: What does it mean for a school to be in receivership?
Answer 1: It means that the school is being operated under the management of a receiver.
Question 2: Which schools are identified for receivership?
Answer 2: Schools that are identified under New York State’s Accountability system as “priority schools;” they are the lowest performing 5% of public schools in the state. In April 2015, the legislature and governor created a new section of State Education Law pertaining to school receivership. In June 2015, the Board of Regents approved new regulations to implement the provisions of the receivership law, specific to “struggling schools” and “persistently struggling schools”. Struggling Schools are defined as schools that have been identified since 2012-13 as Priority Schools (i.e., among the lowest performing five percent of schools in the state). Priority Schools that have been in the most severe accountability status since the 2006-07 school year have been identified as Persistently Struggling Schools.
Question 3: How many schools are identified under receivership in New York State?
Answer 3: The new law applies to 144 schools in New York State. 20 schools are identified as persistently struggling and 124 are identified as struggling schools.
Question 4: How does receivership apply to the Poughkeepsie City School District?
Answer 4: Poughkeepsie Middle School and Poughkeepsie High School are identified as struggling schools. Struggling Schools are defined as schools that have been identified since 2012-13 as Priority Schools (i.e., among the lowest performing five percent of schools in the state).
Question 5: How is a receiver appointed?
Answer 5: The new law appoints a “receiver” – initially, the superintendent – to oversee the turnaround of struggling and persistently struggling schools, and sets a deadline by which the schools have to make demonstrable improvement. Under the receivership law, a school receiver is granted new authority to, among other things, develop a school intervention plan; convert schools to community schools providing wrap-around services; expand the school day or school year; and remove staff and/or require staff to reapply for their jobs in collaboration with a staffing committee.
Question 6: How will receivership impact the schools?
Answer 6: As the receiver for each school under its current status as “struggling,” the superintendent will work with each principal and the two school communities to implement practices that meet and/or exceed the expectations of the law. Under receivership, in a “struggling school” the Superintendent is given two years initially with “Receivership” to improve performance. The receiver is vested with the following powers to improve performance:
- Review and make changes to the school budget.
- Create/change school program and curriculum.
- Supersede a decision made by the Board of Education.
- Require all staff to reapply for their positions.
- Implement professional development for staff.
- Expand the school day or year.
- Convert the school to a charter school, pursuant to the law.
- Request changes to the collective bargaining agreement.
- Convert the school to a community school.
Question 7: What are Community Engagement Teams (CET)?
Answer 7: Under receivership, each school is required to create a community engagement team. Each school’s community engagement team will consist of the principal, parents and guardians, teachers and other school staff, students, and community members.
Question 8: What are the responsibilities of the CET?
Answer 8: Under receivership, each community engagement team must develop recommendations for improvement of the school and solicit input through public engagement. The team will present its recommendations periodically to school leadership and the receiver.
Question 9: How were parents notified about the “struggling” status of Poughkeepsie Middle School and Poughkeepsie High School under receivership?
Answer 9: Dr. Nicole Williams, Superintendent of Schools, hosted a meeting on August 11, 2015, at the Poughkeepsie High School for approximately 250 attendees, specific to the two schools (Poughkeepsie High School and Poughkeepsie Middle School) affected by the new state “receivership” law. Please click here for the letter that was sent in English and Spanish to families across the District.
Question 10: What are the school improvement plans for the Poughkeepsie Middle School and Poughkeepsie High School?
Answer 10: Please click on the appropriate link below to view the school improvement plan.
Question 11: What are the metrics or indicators that the State Education Department will use to determine the outcomes for a “receivership” school?
Answer 11: Please click here to view the spreadsheet with the specific metrics and please click here to be directed to the the State Education’s website.
Question 12: What was the feedback from the Community Engagement Team (CET) Meeting(s)?
Answer 12: The Community Engagement Teams met on August 20, 2015 and reviewed the improvement plans. Below, please click the appropriate link to view the feedback from each team.
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