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Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the State Budget

FOR RELEASE: April 1, 2015

CONTACT: David Albert, NYSSBA
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards


School boards will see a record $1.3 billion state aid increase that eliminates more than half of the remaining Gap Elimination Adjustment, makes substantial reforms to the teacher disciplinary process, and provides school leaders with an additional year to act upon tenure decisions.

NYSSBA has long fought to gain a stronger decision-making role for management over staffing.

At the same time, the record aid increase comes at a steep price: school boards must re-negotiate new teacher and principal evaluation agreements to receive their increase – which, given the current climate, are likely to be testy negotiations in many districts.

We had hoped the linkage of a state aid increase to APPR was simply a bad April Fool's joke.


Joint Statement from NYSCOSS and NYSSBA on Teacher Evaluations

FOR RELEASE: March 31, 2015

CONTACT: David Albert, NYSSBA
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell
Bob Lowry, NYSCOSS, (518) 435-5996


“The well-known definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.  Since 2010, legislation to change the teacher evaluation system in New York has been passed three times. The proposals currently under consideration as a part of state budget negotiations will be the fourth attempt in five years.


In 2012, the Governor and the Legislature passed changes to the evaluation system and tied the annual increase in school funding to adoption of local, collectively bargained plans by a deadline.  Many of the deficiencies of the current system which the Governor cites are the direct result of that linkage, which forced districts to bargain APPR plans with the threat of losing state aid hanging over their heads.  Now policymakers are considering the same thing again, hoping for a different outcome.

 


Freeport Union Free School Board Member Ronald J. Ellerbe Honored as NYSSBA Advocate of the Year

FOR RELEASE: March 20, 2015

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 (desk) or (518) 527-6933 (cell)

Ronald J. Ellerbe of the Freeport Union Free School Board has been named Advocate of the Year by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) for his service and dedication to public education. The award was presented to Ellerbe at the Association’s Capital Conference in Albany on March 14.

“Ron is the embodiment of school board service and advocacy,” said Timothy Kremer, NYSSBA executive director. “Ron consistently meets with his local lawmakers and is always providing information to NYSSBA to help with statewide advocacy efforts.”


Pelham Board of Education Trustee Madeline Smith Honored as NYSSBA Advocate of the Year

FOR RELEASE: March 20, 2015

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 (desk) or (518) 527-6933 (cell)

The New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) named Madeline Smith of the Pelham Union Free School District Board of Education this year’s Advocate of the Year for her service and dedication to public education. The award was presented to Smith at the Association’s Capital Conference in Albany on March 14.

“Madeline continues to raise the bar for her volunteerism on the Pelham Union Free School District Board of Education,” said Timothy G.  Kremer, NYSSBA’s executive director. “Her ability to rally parents to send hundreds of letters to New York State legislators to protect student privacy has made a difference for her community.”

 


Seneca Falls Board of Education Honored as NYSSBA’s School Board Advocate of the Year

FOR RELEASE: March 20, 2015

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 (desk) or (518) 527-6933 (cell)

The Seneca Falls Central School District Board of Education has been named School Board Advocate of the Year by the New York State School Boards Association for its outstanding leadership, focus and effort in public education advocacy. The award was presented to the board at the Association’s Capital Conference in Albany on March 14.

The Seneca Falls Central School District Board of Education is involved in many local advocacy initiatives. Board members meet with representatives of the state Assembly, Senate and governor’s office on a regular basis to discuss ways to improve the quality of education for students.

 


Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on Senate and Assembly Budget Resolutions

FOR RELEASE: March 12, 2015

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

The state Senate and Assembly budget resolutions provide a good framework for negotiations as lawmakers approach the April 1 budget deadline.

Both houses recognize the dire need schools have for state aid, and deliver with increases well above the governor's proposal. We urge lawmakers to use these increases both to restore funds that school districts would otherwise lose to the GEA, and make a sizable investment in Foundation Aid. That will deliver funding to all school districts that need it the most.

As negotiations continue, we encourage the Senate to join the Assembly in abandoning the governor's ill-conceived receivership proposal. Hostile takeovers may work in corporate America, but they will fail miserably in New York's public schools.


School board members bring their voices to the Capitol

FOR RELEASE: March 9, 2015

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: #capconf15

MEDIA ADVISORY and PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

School board members bring their voices to the Capitol

Who:    More than 200 school board members, elected leaders and state education officials

What:   NYSSBA Capital Conference

When:  Sunday, March 15, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Where: Hilton Albany, 40 Lodge Street, Albany, NY

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed major state education reforms that would impact school districts and tied a significant funding increase to passage of those reforms.

The Governor has also not released state aid runs for school districts, making it difficult for schools to develop their 2015-16 budgets.

Hear school board members from around the state discuss their views on all of the issues, including proposed receivership or "takeover" models, teacher evaluations, tenure and school funding.

 

 


Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on Gov. Cuomo's report on 'failing' schools

FOR RELEASE: February 26, 2015

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Gov. Andrew Cuomo unleashed his latest diatribe against New York's public schools today, this time releasing a 200-page report comparing the results of "priority schools" to their state aid allocations.

We need to engage in a constructive approach to improving our schools. A Siena Poll released this week pointed to three areas most in need of improvement in our public schools: overcoming poverty, providing adequate education funding, and increasing parental involvement.

 


School boards mixed on Pre-K proposal as long as state aid funding gap persists

FOR RELEASE: February 12, 2015

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

 

School board members are divided over Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to expand state-funded prekindergarten to three-year-olds, with slightly more opposing the plan than supporting it, according to a recent poll by the New York State School Boards Association.

Forty-eight percent of board members responding to the poll said they were opposed to the governor's proposal to spend $25 million to expand prekindergarten to three-year olds in high-needs school districts. Forty percent supported the measure, while 12 percent were not sure.

"This proposal presents school boards with a classic conundrum: whether to support a growing state investment in early childhood education or whether to demand that scarce state funds be used to shore up funding gaps in K-12 education," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer.     

Kremer pointed out that many school districts do not have enough resources to provide the desired educational opportunities at the kindergarten through grade-12 level. That's largely because of the state's gap elimination adjustment (GEA) – which is currently withholding more than $1 billion in state funds from schools – and a frozen Foundation Aid formula, which provides basic operating aid to school districts. 


Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on State of the State/Budget

FOR RELEASE: January 21, 2015

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Governor Cuomo today delivered a broad, sweeping vision for reforming the public education system.

We admire the governor’s willingness to take on such bold initiatives as reforming the cumbersome teacher disciplinary process, repairing the state’s broken teacher and principal evaluation system, and rewarding exemplary teachers.

But state aid to school districts should not be held hostage to education reforms. Without knowing how much state funding they will receive, school boards will not be able to properly develop their budgets and estimate their tax levies.

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