New Your State School Boards Association

Beginning June 15, districts may apply for Smart Schools Bond Act money

On Board Online • May 25, 2015

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

The State Education Department has posted guidance for districts planning to upgrade technology or facilities with Smart Schools Bond Act money, and the department expects to open an online portal for applications by June 15.

SED is responsible for administering funds from the $2 billion borrowing proposition approved by state voters in November 2014. Another $5 million allocated in the 2014-15 state budget for technology purchases also is available to Special Act school districts (state-supported schools for the blind and deaf and private special education schools).

The department staff is developing tools and resources to help districts make decisions about how to spend their Smart Schools allocations, Charles Szuberla, Acting Deputy Commissioner for P-12 Education, told the Regents at their May meeting.

To be eligible for funding, school districts are required to link their technology purchase plans to long-range educational plans, Szuberla said. Districts also are required to consult with stakeholders, including parents, teachers, students, community members and non-public schools, in developing their investment plans.

Read the entire article>>
More On Board Online Stories>>

News Releases

School Boards Association reports that 98.6 percent of school budgets pass

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


FOR RELEASE: May 20, 2015

New York State voters approved an overwhelming 98.6 percent of school district budgets on Tuesday, May 19, according to an analysis by the New York State School Boards Association.

“Today is a good day for public education. School districts put forth budgets that will provide students in their communities with high-quality educational opportunities next year,” said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. “The combination of sound budgeting by school boards and a healthy state aid increase allowed many school districts to restore programs and positions while having a negligible impact on their local tax levies.”

Initial statewide results gathered by NYSSBA indicate voters passed 654 school district budgets. The number of budgets defeated was nine. NYSSBA was still awaiting results for 13 districts.

Read the entire news release>>
More News Releases>

Game On! What school board members should know about games for learning

Cover Game On! What school board members should know about games for learning

Do today's students sometimes seem more interested in playing games on their smart phones or tablets than on what’s going on in the classroom?

If so, find out why!  NYSSBA’s latest research report explores how many of today’s video games use principles of educational psychology to motivate students. Learn how to leverage that technology to boost learning, and see how New York schools are using video games to further their educational goals.

Watch the Game On! Video

Read the Full Report
(10 pages - 1.1 MB) 

Read a Q&A with the report's author


Read On>>

Daily Clips

Auburn Citizen
Flanagan: Results of school budgets due to increased state aid

Schenectady Daily Gazette
'Sound budgeting' credited for no school plans being voted down

Utica Observer Dispatch
Survey finds U.S. schools ramping up safety measures

Here are the top education stories found in today's NYSSBA e-Clips. If you're a NYSSBA member, you can subscribe to e-Clips to receive education news from over 26 newspapers each day.Sign-up TODAY!

Upcoming Events

FIS 101: Fiscal Oversight & Essentials of School Board Governance (ONLINE) - Session 3
Date: April 15 - May 27, 2015
New School Board Member Academy - Latham
Date: May 29 - 30, 2015
NYSASA Conference
Date: May 29 - 31, 2015
Webinar - New Regulations in School Counseling
Date: June 17, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
More Events>>

YouTube FaceBook Twitter

Copyright © 2014 New York State School Boards Association - All Rights Reserved