State Regents Exams Canceled Due To COVID-19 Outbreak

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Alberto G. / CC BY 2.0 ALBNAY – New York State’s Regents exams that were slated for June have now been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.The state’s Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa announced the news Monday in a statement.“The COVID-19 pandemic has put a tremendous burden on many New Yorkers and our schools and children are no exception,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. “The regulations passed by the Board today will allow schools, students and professionals much-needed flexibility while they adapt to this rapidly evolving situation.”A series of amendments address numerous issues resulting from the interruptions districts, institutions of higher education and licensed professionals are experiencing caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, officals said. We have listed the changes below: ProfessionsAmendments to the Commissioner’s regulations will allow the Department to excuse the continuous experience requirements for speech language pathology, audiology, and occupational therapy where such continuous experience cannot be completed due to the State of Emergency declared by the Governor.Further, the Department will accept passing examination scores from Public Accounting applicants that are outside the required 18-month examination window where such examinations could not be completed within 18 months due to the State of Emergency declared by the Governor.Additionally, the Department will be authorized to modify professional educational program requirements for licensure, to the extent authorized by law, and grant an exemption for in person supervision experience requirements for licensed clinical social work, licensed master social work, mental health counseling, marriage and family counseling, creative arts therapy, and psychoanalysis where such requirements and/or in person supervision cannot be completed due to the State of Emergency declared by the Governor.School and District AccountabilityThe federal government has provided New York State with a one-year waiver from provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) pertaining to State assessments and school and district accountability determinations due to the unique circumstances that have arisen as a result of the COVOID-19 crisis.  Therefore, the Department amends the Commissioner’s regulations to specify that the Commissioner will not conduct a review of school and district performance using 2019-20 school year data. The accountability status of public schools and districts for the 2020-21 school year will remain the same as for the 2019-20 school year; and 2018-19 school year results shall be used in any instance where 2019-20 school year results would have been used as part of the process of making 2021-22 school year accountability determinations.Additionally, the proposed amendment provides that the Commissioner may, upon a finding of good cause, modify timelines for the 2019-20 through 2021-22 school years [any required timelines] pertaining to notifications, plans, reports, or implementation of activities required of schools and districts because of their accountability status during those school years.Special EducationThe Commissioner’s regulations are amended to ensure that State approved private schools, State operated schools, Special Act School Districts, State supported schools and preschools will not be penalized because they are unable to provide instruction or operate for 180 days where such schools are closed pursuant to an Executive Order of the Governor.  The amendments also permit impartial hearing officers to conduct special education due process hearings by video conference during the COVID-19 crisis.  Additionally, the amendments allow hearing officers to extend cases up to 60 days rather than 30 days while schools are closed pursuant to the terms of the Executive Order(s) issued by the Governor.In regard to requirements that preschool providers make-up missed services within 30 days of the missed session, the amendment allows providers to not include days that the school is closed pursuant to the terms of the Executive Order(s) issued by the Governor. Additionally, the regulations extend the time period to arrange for special education programs and services to be provided where a school is closed pursuant to an Executive Order issued by the Governor.Bilingual EducationThe Commissioner’s regulations are amended to not include any day(s) where a school is closed pursuant to an Executive Order of the Governor to count toward the following timelines:English language learner identification process timeline;parental notification and information timeline; andthe English as a New Language/Bilingual Education placement timeline.The amendments will also provide an exemption to students from the unit of study requirements where a student is unable to meet such requirements due to schools being closed pursuant to an Executive Order and otherwise achieves the learning outcomes.Additionally, the amendments provide that for the 2019-2020 school year, there will be no English language learner annual assessment due to such assessment being suspended as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.Curriculum and InstructionThe Department amends the Commissioner’s regulations to provide an exemption to students from the unit of study requirements where a student is unable to meet such requirements due to schools being closed pursuant to an Executive Order of the Governor and where such student otherwise achieves the learning outcomes of such portion of unity of study completed.Charter SchoolsThis amendment will permit the Commissioner to excuse delays of up to 30 days in required reporting and payment by charter schools to public schools for the length of time a school closure is ordered by an Executive Order of the Governor.The Commissioner’s regulations were further amended to require charter schools to provide notice on their website of the date, time and place of lotteries for the random selection process for charter school student applicants if such lottery is provided during a school closure ordered pursuant to an Executive Order of the Governor. Additionally, amendments to the regulations will permit these lotteries to be held remotely, provided that the public has the opportunity to view or listen and such lottery is recorded and later transcribed.Home InstructionThe Department will amend the Commissioner’s regulations to provide that an alternative form of evaluation for students receiving home instruction, in lieu of an annual assessment, will be permitted for all grades in the 2019-20 school year due to the State of Emergency declared by the Governor.Higher EducationThe Department amends the Commissioner’s regulations to:permit the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) training to be conducted entirely online during the time period of the State of emergency declared by the Governor pursuant to an Executive Order for the COVID-19 crisis;create an edTPA safety net for candidates in registered educator preparation programs whose student teaching or similar clinical experience in spring 2020 was impacted by COVID-19;extend the Statement of Continued Eligibility (SOCE) application deadline for special education teachers who teach a special class in grades 7-12 from June 30, 2020 to June 30, 2021; andextend the time period by which full-time, acceptable teaching experience must be completed for the SOCE or limited extension from June 30, 2020 to June 30, 2021.State AidThe amendments permit public school districts, public schools and charter schools to operate for less than 180 days without a reduction in State Aid if a school  is closed pursuant to the terms of Executive Order(s) of the Governor. This amendment also permits missed instructional hours for any day that a school is closed pursuant to the terms of an Executive Order of the Governor to count toward the minimum annual instructional hour requirements.Early LearningThe regulations are amended to permit prekindergarten programs to operate for less than the 180-day requirement for a full-year program and the 90-day requirement for districts who started a half-year program using their Expanded Prekindergarten Grant, where such programs were scheduled to operate, but the school where the program operates is closed pursuant to the terms of an Executive Order of the Governor.  Additionally, regulations will permit Department staff who are unable to conduct their annual visit of nonpublic nursery schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic to do so as soon as practicable when they reopen.310 Appeals to the CommissionerThis amendment will permit service of pleadings and supporting papers for appeals to the Commissioner by alternative means during the time period of any movement restrictions or school closures directed by the Governor.Part 83 and Part 87 AppealsRegulations are amended to excuse the filing timeframes where required submissions are late due to a State of emergency declared by the Governor relating to:appeals to the Commissioner of a hearing officer’s determination of good moral character;due process procedures for prospective employees’ clearance for employment; andappeals of the Department’s determination to deny prospective school.Additionally, the definition of “prospective school employee” is amended to include any individual who will reasonably be expected to provide services which involve online communication or interaction directly to students under the age of 21 during the period of a school closure ordered pursuant to an Executive Order of the Governor.Office of State ReviewThe amendment to Commissioner’s regulation allows the State Review Officer to authorize certain filings through electronic means during the State of emergency declared by the Governor.last_img read more

Governor Cuomo Meets With President Trump, Only Talks Downstate Projects

first_imgImage via the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo / Flickr page.WASHINGTON – While visiting the White House Wednesday, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo discussed “supercharging” New York State’s reopening.The Governor says his meeting with President Donald Trump avoided politics, focusing on reviving stalled infrastructure projects in the New York City area.Cuomo says the reason he did not include any upstate projects during the discussion was because he did not want to seem “to aggressive” while speaking with federal leaders.“I didn’t want to give him too long a list, I didn’t want to seem to aggressive, I didn’t want to seem like for the other people in the room that they could dismiss me like a quintessential New Yorker, ‘look how much he is asking for, he is asking for too much,’” explained Cuomo. The Governor continues to call for a “smart” reopening statewide. Currently, all regions but New York City meet requirements to begin phase one reopening.Western New York could enter phase two reopening next week. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wally Watthead and His Lost Glow Opens Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments The silver screen has The Brave Little Toaster, but off-Broadway has talking night lamp Wally Watthead! Innovative children’s show Wally Watthead and His Lost Glow opens January 14. Conceived by Finnish performer Janne Raudaskoski, who also stars as Wally, the new experimental production will play New World Stages’ Stage Two. The new production features magic by Raudaskoski and Tatu Tyni, video by Sanna Malkavaara, light and sound design by Petri Mikkonen, costumes by Kaisa Kemikoski and set design by Kemikoski and Raudaskoski. Wally Watthead originally premiered at Unga Teatern in Helsinki, Finland on August 28, 2008. The show has been performed in English, Swedish, Russian and Chinese—the New World Stages production is Wally Watthead’s American premiere.

 Directed by Sami Rannila, Wally Watthead features a script by Raudaskoski and Rannila. In a new theatrical experience combining magic, clowning, mime, black lights, video and special effects, the show stars Raudaskoski, Tuija Nuojua as Polly Picture and Jonathan Hutchings as Simon Simcard. The new production tells the story of Wally Watthead, a night lamp who loses his glow. Simon Simcard, a smartphone, helps Wally regain his glow and the pair go on a series of adventures. But when Polly Picture comes to life, Wally and Simon’s friendship is put to the test.

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Lucy Punch Will Star in the West End Transfer of Great Britain

first_img Great Britain is an anarchic satire about the press, the police and the political establishment. Paige Britain (Punch) is the ambitious young news editor of The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper locked in a never-ending battle for more readers. The National Theatre production opened at the Lyttleton Theatre on June 30 this year, just days after its announcement and with no preview period. Punch is stepping into the role originated by Billie Piper. The actress, along with Ben Mansfield, will join members of the original National Theatre production’s cast, including Sarah Annis, Ross Boatman, Robert Calvert, William Chubb, Dermot Crowley, Jo Dockery, Robert Glenister, Ian Hallard, James Harkness, Scott Karim, Barbara Kirby, Nicholas Lumley, Maggie McCarthy, Iain Mitchell, Miles Mitchell, Aaron Neil, Nick Sampson, Kellie Shirley, Kiruna Stamell, Harriet Thorpe, Rupert Vansittart, Joseph Wilkins and Andrew Woodall. Lucy Punch will lead the cast of the previously announced West End transfer of Richard Bean’s Great Britain. The National Theatre production, directed by Nicholas Hytner, will begin performances on September 9 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. The play will open officially on September 26 and run through January 10, 2015. Punch, who can be seen on screen later this year as Lucinda in the movie adaptation of Into the Woods, has appeared in films including You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Hot Fuzz, Bad Teacher, Being Julia and Are You Ready for Love?. Her previous stage credits include Boy Gets Girl, A Carpet, a Pony and a Monkey and The Graduate.center_img The production is designed by Tim Hatley, with lighting by Neil Austin, music by Grant Olding, sound by Paul Arditti and video design by 59 Productions. View Commentslast_img read more

B’way Dates, Theater & Stars Announced for Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2

first_img Tony winner Mark Rylance and Broadway alum Damian Lewis will soon be seen in the upcoming television adaptation of Wolf Hall. View Comments Wolf Hall Part One Reprising their performances from the London production will be Ben Miles as Cromwell, Nathaniel Parker as Henry VIII and Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn. Further casting will be announced later. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 5, 2015center_img Related Shows The plays had their RSC premiere at Stratford ‘s Swan Theatre before transferring to the West End’s Aldwych Theatre. They chronicle the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell from blacksmith’s boy to Henry VIII’s right-hand-man.  The speculation has proven true and the critically acclaimed U.K. stage adaptations of Hilary Mantel’s award-winning and best-selling novels Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up The Bodies will play the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway this season. Penned by Mike Poulton and directed by Jeremy Herrin, the Royal Shakespeare Company productions will play in repertory re-named as Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2. The shows will begin previews on March 20, 2015 and officially open on April 9.last_img read more

Hot Shot! Anthony Rapp & Jackie Burns Talk If/Then at the Apple Store

first_img Related Shows Star Files Anthony Rapp Anything can happen in New York City—you could even meet a Broadway star at the SoHo Apple Store! Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek moderated an If/Then chat on October 27 with Jackie Burns (the standby for headliner Idina Menzel), Audience Choice Award winner Anthony Rapp, director Michael Greif and composer Tom Kitt. After chatting about the new musical, Burns and Rapp sang a few of our favorite If/Then tunes, including “Learn to Live Without,” “You Don’t Need to Love Me” and “Some Other Me.” Check out these shots of the stars at the Apple Store, then see them live at the Richard Rodgers Theatre! If/Then View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015last_img

Broadway Balances America Invites You to ‘Get Ready’ for Motown The Musical

first_img Broadway Balances America View Comments Signed, sealed, delivered—this episode is yours! Broadway Balances America, a special six-part series airing on The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television, returns on November 18 with an exclusive look at Motown The Musical. Tune in as The Balancing Act takes viewers behind the scenes of the smash hit musical with director Charles Randolph-Wright and some of the cast members from the Broadway tuner to find out what it takes to be a Supreme on stage.In the episode, correspondent Amber Milt goes backstage to learn what it’s like to transform into a Supreme at Motown The Musical. Milt meets up with cast and crew, including Krystal Joy Brown, who plays the legendary Diana Ross, to talk beaded dresses and work-life balance. She also speaks with Randolph-Wright, to gain his insights on how Motown music changed the world, costume designer Emilio Sosa, who gives his take on how clothing influences attitude, and wig/hair Supervisor Heather Wright, who shows Milt how wigs are an integral part of the transformation.Featuring more than 40 classic hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” Motown The Musical tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat.The Broadway production of Motown The Musical will close at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on January 18, 2015, but the box office-busting show is now on tour across the country.last_img read more

The Finding Neverland Team Flies to Headquarters

first_img View Comments Related Shows How do you get to’s NYC offices? Follow the second star to the right and straight on ‘til morning! Finding Neverland stars Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer, and director Diane Paulus and producer Harvey Weinstein stopped by the website’s headquarters on February 25 to chat about the new musical with the Group Sales team. Featuring music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham, Finding Neverland follows J.M. Barrie and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, who became the inspiration to write Peter Pan. Check out these shots of the magical visit, then see Finding Neverland beginning March 15 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Finding Neverland Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016last_img

Greg Mullavey & Kate Wetherhead Tapped for Clever Little Lies

first_img Clever Little Lies Stage alums Greg Mullavey and Kate Wetherhead will join the previously announced Marlo Thomas in Joe DiPietro’s Clever Little Lies off-Broadway. The three reprise their roles as Bill Sr., Jane and Alice from the world premiere at New Jersey’s George Street Playhouse in 2013. Performances will begin on September 18, with opening night set for October 14. David Saint will direct. Tickets are now on sale.Clever Little Lies follows a family with a mother who always knows what’s happening among her flock. As their son struggles under pressure from his overbearing mother, a confidence is shared between father and son that escalates into an unexpected family disclosure that could change their entire dynamic.Mullavey appeared on Broadway previously in Romantic Comedy and Rumors. His numerous additional stage credits include his one-man A Christmas Carol, Exit Entrance and White Woman Street. He is perhaps best known for playing Tom in the ‘70s series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.Wetherhead returns to the New York stage after appearing in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Legally Blonde on Broadway and The Other Josh Cohen, Ordinary Days and Tatjana in Color off-Broadway. She is the co-creator of the series Submissions Only and co-author of the Jack & Louisa series.The production will end its limited engagement on January 3, 2016. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2016 View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

Michael Keaton Returns to the St. James to Catch Something Rotten!

first_imgOscar nominee Michael Keaton recently caught a performance of Something Rotten!, and we suspect he had no problem navigating the backstage halls of the St. James Theatre. After all, the star filmed several long takes at the space while working on the Broadway-centric Oscar-winning film Birdman. After the show, he took to the stage (this time, as a guest) to snap a shot with his Spotlight co-star Brian d’Arcy James, Christian Borle, John Cariani, Heidi Blickenstaff and more. Here’s hoping this Birdman is OK with eggs! View Comments Something Rotten! Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Related Showslast_img