Advocacy Update - New York State Learning Summit on Teacher and Principal Evaluation

May 4, 2015

Learning Summit on Teacher and Principal Evaluation

The New York State Board of Regents, in conjunction with the New York State Education Department, will hold a Learning Summit on Teacher and Principal Evaluation this Thursday May 7, 2015, for the purposes of gaining valuable feedback from you and your organization regarding the Commissioner’s regulations that must be adopted in response to changes to the new teacher and principal evaluation system for New York State educators.

NYSSBA has been invited to participate.  We were given 22 tickets to distribute statewide.  Our delegation is composed of school board members from every area, the Big 5, BOCES, and the Caucus of Black School Board Members.  NYSSBA Executive Director Tim Kremer, Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel Jay Worona and Director of Governmental Relations Julie Marlette will make a presentation on behalf of NYSSBA members that will address policy, regulatory and legislative recommendations for rebuilding the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) system correctly.

The summit will be live-streamed for your convenience.  Instructions for accessing the live-stream signal will be posted on the NYSSBA website.

Smart Schools Bond Act

The New York State Education Department recently released detailed guidance on implementation of the Smart Schools Bond Act. The state’s voters approved the $2 billion in bonds this past November. School districts can begin submitting their plans to SED on June 15, 2015. It is important to note that these funds do not expire, so a later submission will not affect eligibility.

Smart Schools Bond Act Guidance can be found here

To find your school district’s Smart Schools allocation, please click here

Property Tax Freeze Program

As a reminder, the deadline for school districts to submit Government Efficiency Plans to the State Division of Budget as part of the Property Tax Freeze program is June 1, 2015. An approved Government Efficiency Plan is required in order for a school district’s taxpayers to be eligible for year two of the tax freeze credit.

For more Government Efficiency Plan information, please click here

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

The U.S. Department of Education published information regarding maintenance of effort (MOE) requirements for school districts under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). In short, USDOE’s rule says that school districts generally can only maintain or increase their spending on special education, not cut it.

Additional information from National School Boards Association regarding the IDEA maintenance of effort requirement can be found here

The Governmental Relations Team at NYSSBA is here to serve you. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

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