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Where We Stand on the Common Core

CoverWhere We Stand on the Common Core
Let's Move Forward

One of the most challenging aspects of the Common Core Learning Standards dialogue is parsing the differences between its distinct programs and policy changes, all referred to colloquially as “the Common Core.”

Full Report (4 pages - 1.5 MB) 


The Perils of the Proposed Property Tax Freeze

CoverThe Perils of the Proposed Property Tax Freeze

Read our new report highlighting the consequences that the governor’s proposed property tax freeze would have on school districts across the state. 

Full Report (4 pages - 2.4 MB) 


In their Own Words

CoverIn their Own Words

As part of our campaign, meet seven school board members who shared their views on school board service in our latest report, "In Their Own Words."

Full Report (8 pages - 1.7 MB) 


Joint Legislative Hearing on the 2014-15 Executive Budget Proposal

CoverElementary and Secondary Education

Hearing Room B, LOB • January 28, 2014
David A. Little, Esq., Director of Governmental Relations

Full Testimony (2 pages - 1.28 MB) 


Pathway to Prosperity: 2014 NYSSBA Legislative Priorities

Pathway to Prosperity: 2014 NYSSBA Legislative Priorities

Public education in New York State has never been under greater pressure. Our business community, colleges and universities are clamoring for more highly skilled students, leading to an unprecedented attempt to reform our educational system.

Full Report (8 pages - 6.25 MB) 


School Security in a Post-Sandy Hook World

School Security in a Post-Sandy Hook World

School Security in a Post-Sandy Hook World

One year after the Newtown school shootings, most superintendents believe their schools are safer. NYSSBA's latest research report summarizes the results of a survey of school superintendents on the topic of school safety.

Full Report (5 pages - 1.13 MB) 


To Merge or Not to Merge

To Merge or Not to Merge

To Merge or Not to Merge

High-level policymakers in Albany often point to school district mergers as a way to save money. But are mergers really the answer to school district financial problems? And should saving money be the main reason for districts to merge?

NYSSBA's new research report explores the pros and cons of mergers, examines case studies and -- for those districts contemplating a merger -- distinguishes between successful and unsuccessful mergers.

Full Report (12 pages - 1.13 MB) 


NYSSBA Report Tackles School Violence

Report Tackles School Violence

NYSSBA Report Tackles School Violence
Focus on Mental Health in Schools

Will tougher gun control laws and police officers in schools help improve safety – or must schools also address the mental health and social well-being of students in order to reduce school violence in the long term?

That question is answered in NYSSBA’s new report, “Tending to Our Youth.”

The report recommends specific actions that school districts can take to increase school safety, including ways to identify possible warning signs of students at-risk and provide support to students who do not feel that they belong in the school community.

Full Report (8 pages - 884 KB) 


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A Closer Look at Model Teacher Evaluation Plans

A Closer Look at Model Teacher Evaluation Plans

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has again proposed linking school aid increases to approval of Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) plans.

Full Report (5 pages - 326 KB) 

 


Planning for 2013: Lessons from Year 1 of the Tax Levy Cap

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Lessons from Year 1 of the Tax Levy Cap

This year, school districts for the first time ever held budget votes under New York’s new property tax levy cap. A new NYSSBA report details four key lessons from the first year of the tax cap that school board members and superintendents should take note of as they prepare budgets for the 2013-14 school year. 

Full Report (4 pages - 131 KB) 

 

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