New Your State School Boards Association

Release the School Aid Runs – Letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo from the Educational Conference Board

January 26, 2015

Dear Governor Cuomo:

The New York State Educational Conference Board – comprised of the seven leading educational organizations representing parents, classroom teachers, school-related professionals, school business officials, building administrators, superintendents and school boards – calls upon the state to immediately release a 2015-16 state aid proposal and corresponding school aid runs allocating the approximate $1.1 billion increase as presented by the Governor last week.

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NYSSBA details opposition to field test plan

On Board Online • January 26, 2015

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

NYSSBA is weighing in against a proposed rule change that would explicitly require schools to administer the stand-alone field tests used to vet potential questions for future state tests.

NYSSBA "opposes stand-alone field tests, based on concerns expressed by its members and the parents of the children they serve," Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer wrote in a Jan. 5 letter to Deputy Education Commissioner Ken Wagner. Parents have complained that field tests rob schools of instructional time, and some districts have refused to participate.

"While NYSSBA recognizes that required standardized tests need to be validated, it believes such validation should not be dependent upon stand-alone field tests," Kremer continued. "Instead, such validation should be accomplished by the insertion of sample questions in existing tests and by producing more versions of the tests."

Kremer's letter also acknowledged that the State Education Department's reliance on stand-alone field tests is largely a consequence of insufficient state funding to embed more trial questions within regular "operational" exams. He noted that NYSSBA "has long advocated for the state to fully fund the state assessment program."

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News Releases

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

FOR RELEASE: January 21, 2015

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Governor Cuomo today delivered a broad, sweeping vision for reforming the public education system.

We admire the governor’s willingness to take on such bold initiatives as reforming the cumbersome teacher disciplinary process, repairing the state’s broken teacher and principal evaluation system, and rewarding exemplary teachers.

But state aid to school districts should not be held hostage to education reforms. Without knowing how much state funding they will receive, school boards will not be able to properly develop their budgets and estimate their tax levies.

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2015 Legislative Priorities

Daily Clips

Glens Falls Post Star
Teachers chipping in for more health insurance

Journal News
Kids' schedules scrambled by fumbled forecast

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
Schools to Cuomo: Show us the money

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Date: January 29, 2015
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