On Board Online • November 24, 2014
Ashley C. Pope
About two years have passed since New York’s legislation targeting bullying in public schools, the Dignity for All Students Act (the Dignity Act), took effect. In that time, several issues involving or implicating the Dignity Act have been addressed by the courts, the commissioner of education, and the U.S. Department of Education, including:
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|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
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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