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ERS rates to fall

On Board Online • September 22, 2014

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

School districts will pay 18.2 percent of employee payroll to the state Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) in 2015-16, down from 20.1 percent in 2014-15, the state comptroller’s office announced. ERS covers non-instructional school district employees such as food service workers, custodians and secretaries.

The ERS actuary calculates employer contribution rates using multiyear projections of the fund’s investment returns, employee salary growth, employee retirement or withdrawal rates and other factors.

Contributions to ERS are collected each February. Because the rate will decrease, school districts will not be allowed to exempt any expenditures for ERS payments from their tax levy limits in 2015 under the provisions of the tax cap law.

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News Releases

Poll: Training on Common Core implementation would benefit school boards

FOR RELEASE:  September 2, 2014

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

As schools begin their third year of implementing Common Core standards, one-third of school board members responding to a recent poll say their board needs more knowledge about what constitutes college and career readiness.

In addition to training in college and career readiness, many respondents (23 percent) believe their board would benefit from training in data-based decision making. Twenty percent would welcome board training in communication strategies, while 12 percent would like additional training in resource allocation. Only 11 percent did not think training was needed.

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