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Elia: Transgender students have rights

On Board Online • March 13, 2017

By Eric D. Randall
Editor-in-Chief

Despite a reversal of federal policy regarding rights of transgender students, school officials in New York State should continue to treat transgender boys like any other boy and transgender girls like any other girl, according to Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

They were reacting to a Feb. 22 announcement by the Trump administration that it has a different view than the Obama administration of what is required under Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, which prohibits discrimination based on "sex."


Teacher certification exams on Regents' agenda - again

On Board Online • March 13, 2017

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

The Board of Regents is poised to act this month on several proposed changes to New York teacher certification requirements, including elimination of a literacy test designed to measure competency in reading and writing.

Sixty-eight percent of test-takers passed the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) between Sept. 23, 2013, and Jan. 25, 2015, according to a presentation made to the Regents two years ago. More up-to-date figures were not available.


Rolling out the red carpet, NYSSBA-style

On Board Online • March 13, 2017

Susan Bergtraum
NYSSBA President

If you watched the Academy Awards last month, then you no doubt saw many celebrities proudly strolling down the red carpet.

While serving on a school board would appear to have little in common with the glitz and glitter of Hollywood, NYSSBA has its own way of rolling out the red carpet.

You may remember that, last year, NYSSBA created a Member Relations department. We took this action in response to feedback we received from you on a comprehensive membership survey we conducted in 2015. Now, our Member Relations team is criss-crossing the state, making personal visits to board members and superintendents. They've already visited 123 member districts since July of last year.


Hundreds of desks are empty at SED, and local districts feel repercussions

On Board Online • March 13, 2017

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

When she met with school administrators from the Mohawk Valley region recently, Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia heard complaints about the pace of work in the State Education Department.

"We are strapped," Elia replied. "I have one person doing most of your program areas."

Indeed, hundreds of desks at her department are empty.


Athletic group to reconsider guidelines for transgender student-athletes

On Board Online • March 13, 2017

By Eric D. Randall
Editor-in-Chief

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) plans to convene a special committee in the next month or so to evaluate its guidelines on transgender student-athletes.

Since 2015, the association has recommended that superintendents make participation decisions on a case-by-case basis after consulting with people close to the student, such as his or her family, guidance counselor, psychologist or doctor.


Foundation aid in governor's proposed budget could represent a philosophical shift on funding

On Board Online • March 13, 2017

By Brian Fessler
Senior Governmental Relations Representative

When the executive budget is released each January, school aid often catches the most attention in the K-12 education world - and understandably so. Districts look to see how much funding they should expect to receive through reimbursements, pre-K funding and new grant programs. They also look to see what the budget proposes their foundation aid to be for the upcoming school year. Given that foundation aid is the largest single state aid category (making up nearly 70 percent of total school aid), the proposed amount is of critical importance


Recess finally gets respect

On Board Online • March 13, 2017

By Gayle Simidian
Research Analyst

Recess isn't just child's play, according to Michael Hynes, superintendent of the Patchogue-Medford school district in Suffolk County. It's part of PEAS. That's Hynes' formula for school success:


As tax cap limits budget growth, districts become experts on grants

On Board Online • March 13, 2017

By Merri Rosenberg
Special Correspondent

Last year was the first time that the Hicksville school district offered prekindergarten classes. Parents quickly signed up and a lottery yielded the maximum 72 students for four classes in two half-day sessions.

While the school board funded the positions required, there were expenses beyond staffing. The Nassau County district hired an early childhood senior specialist to provide training for teachers and teaching assistants.


School administrators eager to implement anticipated revision of state arts

On Board Online • March 13, 2017

By George Basler
Special Correspondent

Three years after new national standards in the arts were released, New York is getting closer to creating its own update of arts standards. A preliminary timetable on the State Education Department's website calls for a transition during the current school year and full implementation for the 2018-19 school year.

District arts administrators say they can hardly wait.


U.S. Supreme Court clarifies rights of parents to pursue bias claims

On Board Online • March 13, 2017

By Jay Worona
Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel

Disabled students and their parents are not required to use every procedure provided by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) before going to court to remedy what they consider discriminatory conduct by a school district, according to a unanimous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The ruling in Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools is expected to alter how courts handle IDEA claims moving forward.

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