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What’s better? GEA reduction or more Foundation Aid? Hint: It’s a trick question

On Board Online • September 22, 2014

By Brian Fessler
Governmental Relations Representative

One of the most contentious, perennial issues in New York State involves the distribution of state school aid. That debate is expected to be especially vigorous when the Legislature reconvenes in January. The reason: there will be more money to spread around.

The state is due to receive billions of dollars in corporate legal settlements with the French bank PNB Paribus and others. And the governor is projecting state budget surpluses.

One question the Legislature and the governor will have to settle is what is the best way to right the listing ship of public education. One possibility is reducing or eliminating the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). Another is improvement in Foundation Aid. A third would be a combination.

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Poll: Training on Common Core implementation would benefit school boards

FOR RELEASE:  September 2, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
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As schools begin their third year of implementing Common Core standards, one-third of school board members responding to a recent poll say their board needs more knowledge about what constitutes college and career readiness.

In addition to training in college and career readiness, many respondents (23 percent) believe their board would benefit from training in data-based decision making. Twenty percent would welcome board training in communication strategies, while 12 percent would like additional training in resource allocation. Only 11 percent did not think training was needed.

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