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As immigrant families worry about deportation, schools assure them that they have a safe haven

On Board Online • April 17, 2017

By Merri Rosenberg
Special Correspondent

Since Donald Trump became president, there is a new phenomenon in New York State public schools: worried Hispanic children.

"They're very anxious," said Caryn Daloia, a social worker at Columbus Elementary School in Westchester's New Rochelle school district, where nearly 90 percent of 820 K-5 students are Hispanic.


Islamophobia rears its head in schools

On Board Online • April 17, 2017

By Eric D. Randall
Editor-in-Chief

In Houston, a teacher recently posted photos of mutilated children on Twitter and commented: "Islam did this."

In a Missouri high school whose motto is "We do things a little better here," students taunted three Muslim girls wearing traditional dress, calling them "terrorists."

In West Virginia, a Muslim high school student scuffled with a group of other students who called him "suicide bomber."


Should public-sector employees be financially free of unions?

On Board Online • April 17, 2017

By the New York State Association of School Attorneys

New York's Taylor Law requires public employers to engage in collective bargaining with unions that represent employees. It also makes it mandatory that individual employees who benefit from collective bargaining either pay membership dues or a nonmember service charge - called an agency fee - to the union which represents them. However, there is a possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court may declare the compulsory collection of "agency fees" to be unconstitutional. Such a ruling would dramatically change labor relations in New York and the nation.


District cautioned to avoid improper retention of surplus funds

On Board Online • April 17, 2017

By Kimberly A. Fanniff
Senior Staff Counsel

Reserve funds are a mechanism by which school districts may set aside money for certain future expenses pursuant to specified provisions of the education and general municipal laws. A school district may use budgetary appropriations to fund reserve funds or may designate a portion of the unexpended operating funds at the end of a school year to be placed in a reserve.


Commissioner strikes unlawful suspension of teacher from personnel file

On Board Online • April 17, 2017

By Kimberly A. Fanniff
Senior Staff Counsel

School districts may place tenured employees on paid administrative leave pending an investigation and/or pending disciplinary charges being filed against the employee. But how long is reasonable to keep an employee on such a status? In Appeal of Parker, the petitioner challenged her placement on paid administrative leave for more than a year without disciplinary charges being filed.

During this prolonged time period, the district told teacher Gloria Parker she had to submit to a medical exam before being able to return to work.


Union-Endicott uses vacant elementary school as business incubator and alternative high school

On Board Online • April 17, 2017

By George Basler
Special Correspondent

A year ago Peter Ling was a budding entrepreneur looking for a place to house his expanding internet technology business. Damien Santiago was a disenchanted middle school student with lousy attendance and a sour attitude.

Both have now found a home at Tiger Ventures, a new alternative high school and business incubator started this school year by the Union-Endicott school district in Broome County.


NYSSBA creates School Board Appreciation Week

On Board Online • April 17, 2017

By Eric D. Randall
Editor-in-Chief

To welcome newly elected members and honor the service of sitting board members, NYSSBA plans to hold 12 free receptions throughout the state during the last week in June.

The events will be called "School Board Appreciation Week."

"We want to develop personal relationships with individual school board members, and give them an opportunity to network with each other," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. "While we offer many training events across the state throughout the year, these will be social events."


State budget process inches forward

On Board Online • March 27, 2017

By Julie Marlette
Director of Governmental Relations

As New Yorkers have come to expect, March brought an extra hour of sunlight, some late-season snow and, in Albany, the release of the Senate and Assembly budget proposals.

The Senate and Assembly "one- house" bills have long been objects of fascination for observers of the annual budget process. The bills help local budget drafters make educated guesses regarding how much state support will flow to schools.


Retired teacher joins Board of Regents

On Board Online • March 27, 2017

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

State lawmakers have elected a retired Ithaca elementary school teacher and longtime local teachers' union leader to succeed retiring Regent James Tallon of Binghamton on the state Board of Regents.

Susan Mittler, 69, said she hopes to bring a new perspective to the board, which does not currently include any Regents with recent elementary or secondary school teaching experience. She was elected at a joint session of both houses of the state Legislature on March 21.


The growing mental health crisis in schools

On Board Online • March 27, 2017

Timothy G. Kremer
NYSSBA Executive Director

What movie had the most impact on you this year? Manchester By the Sea? Moonlight? Fences?

For me, it was Boy Interrupted. It is a wrenching, real-life documentary about a family torn apart by every parent's worst nightmare: the death of a child by suicide.

Made in 2009, the film was recommended to me by experts who will be speaking at NYSSBA's May 20 summit on "Your Role in Addressing the Growing Mental Health Crisis Among Students."


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