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5 Steps to Higher Student Performance

Reducing Restructuring Redesigning

As the start of the school year draws near, the New York State School Boards Association’s new research brief, “Five Steps to Higher Student Performance,” outlines ways that school districts can improve the quality of their educational programs, given limited dollars to improve student performance. 

School leaders today are facing new challenges both academically and financially, including implementing new teacher and principal evaluation systems, adopting a national Common Core curriculum, and developing budgets under a tax levy cap.  Through this new research brief, we hope to provide decision makers with cost-effective options to help improve education in their districts.

5 Steps To Higher Student Performance :
Full Report (12 pages - 7.24 MB) 

Supplement:
Change Leadership: Digging Deeper (3 pages - 887 KB) 


The New Reality for Schools

Reducing Restructuring Redesigning On May 15, school districts in New York will present their budgets to voters for the first time ever under the state’s new property tax cap – and those spending plans will not be pretty.

Full Report (4 pages - 367 KB) 


The New 3 Rs: Reducing, Restructuring and Redesigning

Reducing Restructuring Redesigning

The New 3 Rs analyzes the impact of the state’s new property tax cap on school districts, provides recommendations for state lawmakers to allow schools to operate more efficiently, and suggest ideas for local school boards to consider in order to survive in the tax cap era.

Full Report (20 pages - 6.67 MB) 

 


Property Tax Cap: Pass or Fail for School Districts

Property Tax Cap

Property Tax Cap: Pass or Fail for School Districts - highlights the impact of a tax cap and offers seven alternatives that would be more effective than a property tax cap at lowering the cost of public education and reducing the property tax burden. 

Full Report (12 pages - 5.52 MB) 


Condition Critical: Research Report on Health Insurance Consortiums

Property Tax Cap

Welcome to the Health Insurance Consortiums section of the NYSSBA website! Health insurance is on everyone's mind these days. School board members and administrators know full well that the costs of employee health insurance have soared. Here, NYSSBA provides you with informed research on health insurance consortiums with our new research report, “Condition Critical.” 

Website:Condition Critical: Research Report on Health Insurance Consortiums

Full Report (16 pages - 562 KB) 


Cloud Computing for Schools

Cloud Computing

It's not just the in-thing anymore. Cloud Computing is gaining traction among businesses and employers due to its cost savings potential - especially in this tight economy.

School districts are using cloud computing to enhance student learning, save money and communicate more effectively with the public.

What do school board members and administrators need to know about cloud computing?

NYSSBA's new research report explores the ins-and-outs of this technology.

Website:Cloud Computing for Schools

Full Report (12 pages - 1.58 MB) 


Shortchanging Students

Over the Cliff: School District Finances on the Edge

New York State schools are poised to lay off some 14,800 teachers if the governor’s proposed state education cuts are enacted.  Another 5000+ jobs could be lost through a combination of teacher retirements and attrition, as well as layoffs, retirements and attrition of non-teaching staff. 

“Shortchanging Schools,” a report issued jointly by the New York State Council of School Superintendents and the New York State School Boards Association, illustrates the impact of the state aid cuts on New York’s schools.  The report is based on a survey of school superintendents, and includes a regional breakdown of cuts and impacts on schools.

Full Report (8 pages - 243 KB) 


Over the Cliff: School District Finances on the Edge

Over the Cliff: School District Finances on the EdgeNew York schools are teetering at the edge of a funding cliff. Gov. David Paterson has proposed a $1.1 billion cut in aid to schools for the 2010-11 school year at a time when local school boards face tapped-out property taxpayers, the looming expiration of federal stimulus dollars in 2011 and double-digit employee pension costs on the way.

A NYSSBA analysis reveals that if these cuts were enacted, they could set into motion several "cliffhangers," or factors that could threaten the long-term economic well-being of public schools in New York State and potentially push school district finances over the cliff.

Full Report (4 pages - 3.0 MB) 


Condition Critical: Research Report on Health Insurance Consortiums

Consortium Report Image

Health insurance is on everyone's mind these days. School board members and administrators know full well that the costs of employee health insurance have soared. Here, NYSSBA provides you with informed research on health insurance consortiums with our new research report, "Condition Critical." 

Full Report


Report of the Task Force on Maximizing School District Resources

Report of the Task Force on Maximizing School District Resources

On October 27, 2007, the delegates to the New York State School Boards Association Annual Business Meeting passed the following resolution:

RESOLVED, that the New York State School Boards Association create a statewide task force that will explore and formulate ways for school districts to contain costs.

Read the 55 recommendations in the full report of the task force.

Full Report (13 pages - 2.0 MB) 


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