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New York’s leading education groups outline need for $1.9 billion state aid increase in 2015-16

FOR RELEASE:  November 13, 2014

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

New York’s major statewide education organizations issued a report today outlining the need for a $1.9 billion state aid increase for schools in the upcoming state budget to continue current services and make progress on a number of critical new initiatives.

The organizations comprise the New York State Educational Conference Board (ECB), and together represent parents, classroom teachers, school-related professionals, school business officials, school building and program administrators, superintendents and school boards.

The ECB report is titled “Turning the Corner: With an improved fiscal condition, New York can lead the way for sustainable educational progress.” It cites the state’s improved fiscal outlook, aided by recent financial settlements, in advocating for investments in education.

The report comes after a period of years in which state aid has been reduced, flat, or otherwise inadequate to help schools continue essential services while also adapting to state-mandated education reforms. A little more than $1 billion in state funding remains withheld from schools through the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA), and phase-in of the state’s Foundation Aid formula has been stalled since 2008-09.

 


Florence Johnson named 2014 President’s Award recipient

FOR RELEASE:  November 7, 2014

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

Florence Johnson, who recently retired from the Buffalo Board of Education, has been awarded the 2014 President’s Award by the New York State School Boards Association.

The President’s Award is the highest honor NYSSBA bestows on a person or entity that has had a significant positive impact on public education.

“Florence has put kids at the front and center of every decision she has made as a school board member,” said NYSSBA President Lynne Lenhardt. “I value her commitment to students and I value her compassion.”

For 20 years, Johnson served on the Buffalo Board of Education and was president from 2004 to 2007. She served on all standing committees of the board and has also served since 1993 as the Conference of Big 5 School Districts’ representative on the Commissioner’s Advisory Council of School Board Members.


SUNY POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE & NEW YORK STATE SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION PRESENT THREE SCHOOLS WITH INNOVATION AWARDS IN STATEWIDE COMPETITION

FOR RELEASE:  October 2, 2014

Contact:   Al Marlin, NYSSBA
(518) 783-3723
     
Contact:  Jerry Gretzinger, SUNY Poly
(518) 956-7359

Albany, NY – Furthering Governor Andrew Cuomo’s high-tech educational paradigm as it prepares New York State’s students for opportunities in growing industries such as nanotechnology, three school districts have received “Be the Change for Kids” Innovation Awards for their novel approaches to science, technology, engineering, and math-related (STEM) programs. The competition—now in its third consecutive year—is presented by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) and SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly).


“Governor Andrew Cuomo’s leadership continues to catalyze the rapid growth of New York State’s nanotechnology sector, resulting in powerful educational opportunities, such as those that stem from the ‘Be the Change for Kids’ Innovation Awards, that can directly meet the needs of New York’s innovation economy,” said SUNY Poly CEO and Officer in Charge Dr. Alain Kaloyeros. “We are once again delighted to partner with the New York State School Boards Association, and we congratulate this year’s honorees for their exciting, science-based programs and steadfast commitment to providing their students with the critical skills that are necessary for accessing high-tech opportunities across New York.”


Latest Pulse Poll Invalidated

FOR RELEASE:  September 29, 2014

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

For more than six years, NYSSBA’s Pulse Polls have given school board members the opportunity to express their opinions on critical education issues. However, we are invalidating the results of our most recent poll on Common Core Learning Standards for two reasons. First, the polls are intended for school board members only. However, this particular poll was shared on social media sites where non-school board members could respond to it. Second, the sheer volume of responses to this poll (approximately 2,700 per question) is about four times greater than the number of responses given to typical polls, suggesting voting irregularities. For these reasons, we suspect that the integrity of the poll has been compromised. As a result, we cannot draw any meaningful conclusions from the data. If you come across these results, we ask that you not cite them or portray them as valid.


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.


Statement from NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on grades 3-8 test scores

FOR RELEASE:  August 14, 2014

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

Today’s test results for students in grades 3-8 are encouraging. More students than last year were deemed proficient in math and English/language arts.  

That said, too many students in our schools still are not reaching the mark. The state’s “matched students” approach is a promising tool that could help schools better understand individual student growth and needs in specific subject areas. 

 


Robert Gibson of Questar III BOCES and the Brittonkill Central School Board wins State School Boards’ highest award

FOR RELEASE:  July 30, 2014

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


Robert Gibson, president of the Questar III BOCES board and former president and member of the Brittonkill Central School District Board of Education, is the 2014 winner of the Everett R. Dyer Award for Distinguished School Board Service. The honor is the New York State School Boards Association’s top award for school board service.

 

Gibson has served on the Questar III BOCES board for 21 years, including 13 years as the board president.  He previously completed nine years of service with the Brittonkill Central school board, including eight years as president.  Gibson also has served on the Tech Valley High School Operating Board since its inception. 

 

“I have served with Bob on the Tech Valley board and can attest to his commitment to public education,” said Lynne Lenhardt, NYSSBA president. “He is the consummate school board member and an outstanding role model for others. Bob is a fitting recipient of this award.”


Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on Graduation Rates

FOR RELEASE:  June 23, 2014

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

The good news is today’s graduation rates show slight progress in the percentage of students graduating statewide, and that rate has been trending upward.

The bad news is that we continue to see persistent achievement gaps based on race and ethnicity, as well as school district wealth.


Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the 2014 legislative session

FOR RELEASE:  June 23, 2014

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

As the dust settles on this year’s legislative session, we should measure state lawmakers by one yardstick: Did they help schools improve student achievement and the quality of instruction?

By that measure, lawmakers took several major strides forward. They provided a large funding boost to schools, expanded access to early childhood education, and adopted a bond proposal to meet educational technology needs.

But they left some unfinished business: abolishing the Gap Elimination Adjustment and adopting additional mandate relief, both of which could have a dramatic effect on school property taxes. 


Poll: School boards urge caution with online testing

FOR RELEASE:  June 17, 2014

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


Less than one-third of school board members responding to a recent poll say their districts currently have the capacity to give computer-based Common Core assessments next year.

Only 28 percent of board members believe their districts are ready to give online math and English assessments in grades 3-11 during the 2014-15 school year, while 45 percent say their districts are not ready. Another 27 percent are not sure.

“School board members are waving a red flag over full implementation of online testing,” says NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. “While some schools were able to handle the lower bandwidth and hardware requirements for field testing, they are not yet ready for full scale implementation.”

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