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New York's highest court upholds three teacher termination sanctions

On Board Online • February 5, 2018

By Jeffrey Mongelli
Senior Staff Counsel

The New York Court of Appeals has determined that a lower state appellate court exceeded its authority when it determined that termination was not an appropriate penalty in three separate teacher discipline cases.

The reversal invoked a judicial standard that courts generally must uphold penalties imposed as part of an administrative disciplinary process. An exception applies if the penalty "shocks one's conscience." This is called the Pell standard.


Six things you should know about New York's ESSA plan

On Board Online • February 5, 2018

MaryEllen Elia
Commissioner of Education

Last month, the U.S. Department of Education approved New York's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan. The plan reflects more than a year of collaboration with a comprehensive group of stakeholders, including valuable input from school board members and NYSSBA.

Approval of our plan ensures that New York will continue to receive approximately $1.6 billion annually in funding from the federal government to support elementary and secondary education in New York state schools.


Student-designed software package tracks community service hours

On Board Online • February 5, 2018

By Merri Rosenberg
Special Correspondent

Rob Jacoby was frustrated keeping track of student paperwork in his role as adviser to the National Honor Society at Alexander Hamilton High School in Elmsford Union Free School District.

"It was nuts how much paperwork I was doing for an extracurricular activity," he said.

So when the Westchester County district switched to software that allows students to log their own community service hours, Jacoby was pleased.


Advocacy Alert: NYSSBA Webinar and Budget Analysis

January 25, 2018

Earlier this week the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team conducted a webinar to provide an overview of the 2018 Executive Budget and answer your questions.  

If you were unable to attend live and wish to view the webinar, you may do so at any time at the link below.

You may also review the written material Governmental Relations shared as a part of the webinar:


Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on net neutrality principles

FOR RELEASE: January 24, 2018

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

   

We are encouraged by Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order today requiring Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who enter into contracts with New York State to adhere to net neutrality principles.

While this action does not apply directly to school districts, it is a good first step toward bringing net neutrality principles back into New York State after the Federal Communications Commission eliminated these federal protections.


Advocacy Alert: Deal Close to Reopen the Federal Government

January 22, 2018

Friday night, the US Senate failed to pass a fourth Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government running. The House passed a CR (H.R.195) by a vote of 230 to 197 on Thursday that included a full reauthorization for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through FY 2023 in hopes of attracting Democratic votes in the Senate.  The CR would have continued level funding for Title I grants for disadvantaged students, special education state grants and related programs and, would delay for two years the collection of the federal excise tax (or "Cadillac Tax") on certain employer health care coverages.


NYSSBA Poll: Majority of school board members support allowing classes to start before September, longer school year

FOR RELEASE: January 22, 2018

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

@nyschoolboards

   

Nearly two-thirds of school board members say school districts should have the option to begin classroom instruction prior to September 1 each school year, according to a recent poll by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).

Of the 471 poll respondents, 65 percent are in favor of allowing school districts to start the school year prior to September 1, compared with 27 percent who are not in favor and about 8 percent who are not sure. Current state law mandates that public schools (with the exception of charter schools) begin instruction no earlier than September 1. The state Board of Regents indicated at its December meeting that it would direct the State Education Department to draft legislation to offer, at local discretion, instructional days in August.


Cuomo calls for $796M state aid increase

On Board Online • January 22, 2018

By Brian Fessler
Deputy Director of Governmental Relations

When the 2018 Legislature considers school aid in coming months, whose recommendations will hold sway? Different numbers have been suggested by educational advocacy groups, the state Board of Regents and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, respectively.

On Jan. 16, the governor proposed increasing state aid by $796 million, or 3 percent. That's short of what the Regents have recommended - a $1.6 billion increase.

The Educational Conference Board - a coalition of state education groups including NYSSBA - has called for a $2 billion increase. The group estimates that $1.5 billion is needed from the state just to maintain current services.


Cuomo targets 'lunch shaming'

On Board Online • January 22, 2018

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

In his 2018 State of the State address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for an end to "lunch shaming" in public schools and offered a package of proposals to help ensure that students aren't trying to learn on an empty stomach.

Among the education-related proposals Cuomo outlined in a full text of his State of the State message was a plan he dubbed "No Student Goes Hungry."


Every Child DOES Matter

On Board Online • January 22, 2018

William Miller
NYSSBA President

Welcome to 2018! It's only January and we've already had enough snow, wind and subzero temperatures for the entire winter!

It is a privilege to be your new NYSSBA president. I know we all share the belief that our state and nation's future is dependent upon having a strong system of public education, and we are all frustrated by many factors that make it increasingly challenging to provide the educational opportunities that every child deserves.

The good news is that NYSSBA is a vital organization that is part of the solution in many ways. As I begin my tenure as president of the Association, I want to acknowledge that no one accomplishes anything alone.


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