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RFQ #17-002

Qualifications for Independent Receivers


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PROGRAM SUMMARY

In April 2015, Subpart E of Part EE of Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2015 added a new Section, 211-f, to Education Law. Section 211-f requires that Persistently Struggling Schools, schools that have been in the most severe accountability status since the 2006-07 school year, be given an initial one-year period under a Superintendent Receiver to improve student performance. Struggling Schools, schools that have been Priority Schools since the 2012-13 school year, will be given an initial two-year period under a Superintendent Receiver to improve student performance. Should Struggling Schools or Persistently Struggling Schools not make demonstrable progress within the prescribed time frame; an Independent Receiver will then be appointed to the school for up to three years.

NYSED will use the criteria specified within this RFQ to review and approve applications, and to generate a list of Approved Independent Receivers for Persistently Struggling and Struggling Schools.

BACKGROUND

The New York State school system is one of the most comprehensive educational systems in the country. It comprises 691 school districts, 37 BOCES, over 7,000 public/private elementary and secondary schools including 256 charter schools, and serves the educational needs of over 3.1 million students. Additionally, there are currently over 220,000 certified public-school teachers and administrators employed by New York State schools who directly support the educational needs and achievement of our student population.

In April 2015, Subpart E of Part EE of Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2015 created a new section of State Education Law (§211-f) pertaining to School Receivership. Based on §211-f, the Board of Regents promulgated §100.19 of the Commissioner's Regulations, pursuant to which the Commissioner of Education has designated current Priority Schools that have been in the most severe accountability status since the 2006-07 school year as “Persistently Struggling Schools.”

In a district with a “Persistently Struggling School,” the superintendent is given an initial one-year period during the 2015-2016 school year to use the enhanced authority of a Receiver to make demonstrable improvement in student performance or the Commissioner will direct that the school board appoint an Independent Receiver and submit the appointment for approval by the Commissioner.  Additionally, the school will be eligible for a portion of $75 million to support and implement its turnaround efforts over a two-year period.

"Struggling Schools" have been Priority Schools since the 2012-13 school year and will be given two years under a “Superintendent Receiver” (i.e., the superintendent of schools of the school district vested with the powers a Receiver would have under §211-f and §100.19) to make demonstrable improvement in student performance. Should the school fail to make demonstrable improvement in two years then the district will be required to appoint an Independent Receiver and submit the appointment for approval by the Commissioner. Independent Receivers are appointed for up to three school years and serve under contract with the Commissioner.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

This RFQ is specific to those applicants who are seeking to be placed on NYSED’s list of Approved Independent Receivers for Persistently Struggling and Struggling Schools during the 2017-18 school year. The following section describes the entities that qualify as eligible applicants and who therefore, may submit applications in response to this Request for Qualifications.

In accordance with Education Law §211-f(2)(a) and Commissioner's Regulations §100.19(a)(6), an independent receiver must be an individual, a non-profit entity, or another school district in Good Standing.  

APPLICATION TIMELINE

All applicants shall submit all required materials. Applications will be accepted on a continuous and ongoing basis.  The Department will review submissions and update the approved list as applications are approved.

To be considered for receivership appointments for the 2017-2018 school year, it is encouraged that applications for approval for the list be received by the Department no later than August 11, 2017. 

APPLICATION SUBMISSION METHOD

Applicants must adhere to the submission method detailed below:

Submit one (1) original and one (1) electronic version of the application. Mail original copy to:

New York State Education Department
Attn: Independent Receiver RFQ#17-002
Contract Administration Unit – Room 501W EB
89 Washington Ave
Albany, New York 12234

Email the electronic version of the application by the due date to:

ReceivershipRFQ@nysed.gov

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Questions and Answers – Posted 7/22/17

Any questions concerning this RFQ should be submitted to ReceivershipRFQ@NYSED.gov. Questions and answers related to this updated RFQ will be updated regularly. The submitted questions and responses will be posted here.


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Last Updated: July 22, 2017 11:25 PM