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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.


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

FOR RELEASE: December 18, 2014

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

While this year’s graduation rates show incremental progress from a year ago, we are discouraged by the fact that nearly one-quarter of students still do not graduate within four years.


In addition, we remain concerned by persistent achievement gaps based on race, ethnicity and wealth.


The state has now raised the bar for students. It’s not enough just to graduate on time. Students today must also be prepared to excel in college and the workforce. Based on this new measure, we find the percentage of graduates who meet college and career readiness criteria in English language arts and math wholly inadequate.


As the educational leaders of their districts, school boards are in the unique position to establish ambitious goals for their students, allocate the resources and supports necessary for students to be successful, and be held accountable for results.

Together, with hard work and dedication, we can make strides in increasing the academic achievement of our children.


Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the Statewide Teacher and Principal Evaluation Results

FOR RELEASE: December 17, 2014

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

The continuing gap between student performance and educator evaluations illustrates why New York’s Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) system is broken.

With more than 95 percent of educators deemed highly effective or effective, yet only one-third of graduating students considered college and career ready, the system is not serving its purpose of improving student achievement by informing instruction.

Moreover, the evaluation results do little to differentiate which teachers and principals perform well and which do not. The structure of the APPR system is overly complex, bureaucratic and easily manipulated.

State officials should go back to the drawing board on APPR and conduct meaningful discussions with the education community and create a new evaluation system that will better serve New York's students.

 


Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the Departure of State Education Commissioner John King

FOR RELEASE:  December 11, 2014

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

We congratulate John King on his appointment and wish him well in his new role.

We look forward to working with the Board of Regents to find a commissioner who is well qualified to address the issues confronting public education.

New York’s next education leader must be a consensus builder, capable of bringing together multiple constituencies for the benefit of public school children in the state, and one who listens carefully to those who must implement State Education Department regulations.

 


Ruffo Elected to NYSSBA Board of Directors

FOR RELEASE:  December 8, 2014

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

Sandra Ruffo of Conklin was elected to a two-year term as Area 4 Director of the New York State School Boards Association.  As Area 4 Director, Ruffo represents school districts from Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Onondaga, Schuyler, Tioga and Tompkins counties.

NYSSBA provides advocacy, training and information to school boards in support of their mission to govern the state’s public schools. The NYSSBA board establishes policies to supervise, control and direct the business of the Association.


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.”

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