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Commissioner issues mixed ruling in suspension of kindergartener

On Board Online • February 20, 2017

By Kimberly A. Fanniff
Senior Staff Counsel

The commissioner of education recently upheld a 13-day suspension of a kindergarten student for placing his hands around another student's neck and squeezing. However, she found procedural errors in an initial five-day suspension.

In Appeal of S.K., the boy's father challenged both the short- and long-term suspensions of his son as excessive. He also argued the notice of the short-term suspension was procedurally defective.

On the day of the incident, the victim reported the student's actions to his teacher who, after speaking with both students, referred them to the principal.

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NYSSBA statement on 2016 graduation rates

FOR RELEASE: February 10, 2017

CONTACT: David Albert
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NYSSBA is encouraged that overall graduation rates across the state continue to climb. However, we are deeply concerned that graduation gaps among students of color, English language learners, and students in poorer districts continue to persist. These gaps lend support to our belief that the state needs to provide adequate state aid, especially to those districts that are less wealthy and have greater numbers of students for whom English is not their primary language. NYSSBA calls for an additional $2 billion overall in the 2017-18 state budget, including $1.4 billion in foundation aid.

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