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On Board Online January 22 2018

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Hope remains for 'Dreamers' despite Trump action on DACA

On Board Online • January 22, 2018

By the New York State Association of School Attorneys

On Sept. 4, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Sessions announced the Trump administration's intent to end a program begun five years earlier by President Obama called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The change will affect 800,000 undocumented aliens, including about 42,000 New York State residents.

Often referred to as Dreamers, DACA program participants are young people (currently 35 or younger) who were brought to the United States as children. After passing criminal background checks, they were afforded prosecutorial discretion to avoid deportation by U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in its immigration enforcement efforts. Notably, the program did not confer any substantive right, immigration status, or pathway to citizenship to its beneficiaries.


Commissioner upholds transfer of teachers by superintendent-receiver

On Board Online • January 22, 2018

By Kimberly A. Fanniff
Senior Staff Counsel

The commissioner of education recently issued a decision interpreting the authority of a superintendent-receiver to supersede actions of a board of education.

In Appeal of Williams, a school superintendent who is also the superintendent-receiver for the district's struggling middle school challenged a board resolution that imposed a moratorium on involuntary teacher transfers, the district's policy on teacher transfers as well as other board directives regarding transfers.


Safe and supportive environment is goal in Schenectady's 'trauma-sensitive' schools

On Board Online • January 22, 2018

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

It's shortly after lunch at Hamilton Elementary School in Schenectady, and Ashleigh Caster's students are stretched out on the floor of her second-grade classroom, eyes closed.

A recording of a woman's voice leads them through a soothing meditation: "Take a breath in through your nose ... Feel how your tummy gets like a big balloon ... Imagine you are lying on the grass in a beautiful park ... a very friendly butterfly comes to say 'hi' ."

Next, it's time for a lively round of rhythmic movement set to some silly lyrics - "Banana, banana, meatball!" - before turning to the first lesson of the afternoon.


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