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What I'm seeing in your classrooms

On Board Online • November 24, 2014

John King Jr.
Commissioner of Education

Our schools are improving in New York State. We've seen record graduation rates, more students in college, and more children learning what they need to learn in order to compete with other states and other nations. Educators all across the state are motivating our children to meet higher standards, to overcome challenges and to learn new things they were never able to before.

But none of us are satisfied with our progress, because we need to have all children leave high school college- and career-ready. We know there are many factors that shape our students' lives when they enter school. Our primary responsibility is ensuring that every moment at school is as meaningful as possible for children. The classroom must be a place where students build knowledge, gain skills and experience the joy of learning.

Things are going in the right direction. Each year, I visit scores of schools in every corner of the state.

So far I've been to schools in Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Rochester, East Irondequoit, North Syracuse, Utica, Gloversville, Johnstown, Troy, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Long Island.

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News Releases

New York’s leading education groups outline need for $1.9 billion state aid increase in 2015-16

FOR RELEASE:  November 13, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

New York’s major statewide education organizations issued a report today outlining the need for a $1.9 billion state aid increase for schools in the upcoming state budget to continue current services and make progress on a number of critical new initiatives.

The organizations comprise the New York State Educational Conference Board (ECB), and together represent parents, classroom teachers, school-related professionals, school business officials, school building and program administrators, superintendents and school boards.

The ECB report is titled “Turning the Corner: With an improved fiscal condition, New York can lead the way for sustainable educational progress.” It cites the state’s improved fiscal outlook, aided by recent financial settlements, in advocating for investments in education.

The report comes after a period of years in which state aid has been reduced, flat, or otherwise inadequate to help schools continue essential services while also adapting to state-mandated education reforms. A little more than $1 billion in state funding remains withheld from schools through the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA), and phase-in of the state’s Foundation Aid formula has been stalled since 2008-09.


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Board opens door to requests by charters for space at 4 Buffalo schools

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