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Teacher shortage? What teacher shortage?

Cover Recent national reports indicate that the U.S. faces teacher shortages of hundreds of thousands a year over the next decade.

But is New York State experiencing a widespread teacher shortage, or is the shortage restricted to certain geographic areas and hard-to-staff subjects?

NYSSBA analyzed three separate data sources to determine the extent of the teacher shortage in New York.


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U.S. Supreme Court decision emphasizes local judgment in special education cases

On Board Online • May 8, 2017

By Jay Worona
Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel

For the first time since 1982, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on the specific entitlements that students with disabilities have under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE).

In Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, the nation's highest court unanimously decided that the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals erred when it ruled that it was sufficient for the school district in the case to provide a special education student with an educational benefit that was anything more than de minimis (trivial). That's too low a standard for FAPE, according to the court.

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News Releases

School Boards Association reports that 99.4 percent of school budgets pass; 77 percent of override attempts succeed

FOR RELEASE: May 17, 2017

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell


New York State voters approved 99.4 percent of school district budgets on Tuesday, May 16, according to an analysis by the New York State School Boards Association. 

"This year, many school boards overcame rising costs in order to deliver budgets that stayed within the state's property tax cap," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. "Smart budgeting, community input and an increase in state education funding helped districts win strong voter support. Some districts were even able to restore positions lost during leaner budgeting years."


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Upcoming Events

Webinar - GOV 226: New School Board Member Orientation
Date: May 25, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
NYSASA 17th Annual School Attorney Law Conference
Date: June 2 - 4, 2017
New School Board Member Academy - Latham
Date: June 16 - 17, 2017
Member Reception - Cooperstown
Date: June 26, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Announcing the Excelsior Scholarship
– making public college tuition-free.

Application available June 7.

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