Hit The Brakes: New Rochelle Schools Evaluating Student Re-Registration

The New Rochelle School District is hitting the brakes on its scheduled re-registration process for students following letters from the New York State Education Department.

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Toward the end of the school year, officials announced that they would be re-registering each of the district’s 10,700 students, though they were forced to amend their initial plan to give themselves “a more realistic timetable to complete the (task).

In a letter to New Rochelle Schools Superintendent Brian Osborne, New York State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said that the district’s re-registration process was inconsistent with state law.

“The Department has recently been made aware of public concerns and inquiries indicating that some school districts have instituted a practice of mandatory ‘re-registration’ wherein all parents and guardians are required to ‘re-register’ their students in such districts prior to the start of school in September 2018,” Jhone Ebert, the Senior Deputy Commissioner for Education Policy wrote in a statement. “At this time, the Department has confirmed the existence of this practice on the websites of two New York State school districts.”

Former Port Chester Schools Superintendent Charles Coletti had been tasked with leading the initiative, following a successful re-registration under his watch while he was at the helm in Port Chester.

All appointments to re-register students between July 24 and Aug. 7 have been canceled. Re-registration will be the topic of discussion at the Aug. 7 Board of Education meeting, when officials will “further discuss the process and the State Education Department’s guidance.” 

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