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On Board Online • January 22, 2018

William Miller
NYSSBA President

Welcome to 2018! It's only January and we've already had enough snow, wind and subzero temperatures for the entire winter!

It is a privilege to be your new NYSSBA president. I know we all share the belief that our state and nation's future is dependent upon having a strong system of public education, and we are all frustrated by many factors that make it increasingly challenging to provide the educational opportunities that every child deserves.

The good news is that NYSSBA is a vital organization that is part of the solution in many ways. As I begin my tenure as president of the Association, I want to acknowledge that no one accomplishes anything alone.

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NYSSBA Poll: Majority of school board members support allowing classes to start before September, longer school year

FOR RELEASE: January 22, 2018

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933  cell



Nearly two-thirds of school board members say school districts should have the option to begin classroom instruction prior to September 1 each school year, according to a recent poll by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).

Of the 471 poll respondents, 65 percent are in favor of allowing school districts to start the school year prior to September 1, compared with 27 percent who are not in favor and about 8 percent who are not sure. Current state law mandates that public schools (with the exception of charter schools) begin instruction no earlier than September 1. The state Board of Regents indicated at its December meeting that it would direct the State Education Department to draft legislation to offer, at local discretion, instructional days in August.

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Upcoming Events

Webinar - NYSSBA Analysis of the 2018 Executive Proposed Budget
Date: January 23, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The 2018 Capital Conference
Date: February 11 - 12, 2018
SAANYS Mental Health Summit (Part 1)
Date: March 1, 2018
Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
2018 Policy Workshop - White Plains
Date: March 13, 2018
Time: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
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