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Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the State Budget

FOR RELEASE: April 1, 2015

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School boards will see a record $1.3 billion state aid increase that eliminates more than half of the remaining Gap Elimination Adjustment, makes substantial reforms to the teacher disciplinary process, and provides school leaders with an additional year to act upon tenure decisions.

NYSSBA has long fought to gain a stronger decision-making role for management over staffing.

At the same time, the record aid increase comes at a steep price: school boards must re-negotiate new teacher and principal evaluation agreements to receive their increase – which, given the current climate, are likely to be testy negotiations in many districts.

We had hoped the linkage of a state aid increase to APPR was simply a bad April Fool's joke.

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New Regents appointed by Legislature

On Board Online • March 16, 2015

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

The state Board of Regents received it's most extensive makeover in recent memory with the election of three incumbents and four newcomers by the state Legislature.

Stormy politics surrounding the rollout of Common Core standards, teacher evaluations and other education issues appear to have prompted lawmakers to make a visible change on the board.

The four new members will shift the gender balance of the 17-member board, giving women a nine-member majority. With the new members, the board also adds two African-Americans and the first Asian-American Regent.

Two veteran Regents, James Dawson of Peru and Robert Bennett of Tonawanda, were replaced.

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Daily Clips

Albany Times Union
$142 New York State budget races clock

Journal News
Q & A: How will the new teacher evaluations work?

Watertown Daily Times
State school aid figures offer help but not rescue

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