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District, BOCES projects eligible for new, $25 million grant pool

On Board Online Extra • February 5, 2016

Eric D. Randall
Editor-in-Chief

 

If school districts or BOCES can describe a way to find permanent cost-savings through shared services, they are eligible for a financial reward from the state.

On Feb. 2, Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched the “Municipal Restructuring Fund” – a $25 million pool of grant money to encourage local governments to work together on “transformative projects that will lead to property tax reductions for New Yorkers.”


Call to Action: Oppose the Education Tax Credit

February 4, 2016

Once again, the Governor and each house of the legislature have introduced proposals to establish an education tax credit. The Executive's proposal is included in his proposed budget. These plans would set aside upwards of $150 million in state tax credits to donations and tuition costs for non-public schools and other educational funds. Tell the Governor and your legislators that you strongly support the full funding of public education and oppose any plan that seeks to divert state general fund dollars for the benefit of non-public and parochial schools. Take Action Now

For additional information about each proposal and to read NYSSBA’s memos in opposition, visit the State Aid and Budget Section of our Key Issues site:


ECB RECOMMENDATION: REFORM STATE’S RECEIVERSHIP LAW

FOR RELEASE: February 1, 2016

CONTACT: John Yagielski
518-810-8382 (cell)
email: kyagiels@nycap.rr.com

 

The state’s leading education organizations today unanimously recommended that New York reform its receivership law to create a more reasonable timeframe to turn-around struggling schools, and to commit additional funding to create more community schools and better conditions for teaching and learning in these schools.


Elia: Task Force reforms need funding

On Board Online Extra • January 28, 2016

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

Virtually none of the 21 steps recommended by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Common Core Task Force and endorsed by the governor are funded in his executive budget, Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said at a legislative budget hearing Wednesday.

Nor are the real costs of a slew of other priorities shared by lawmakers and the Regents, she said, such as expanding career and technical education, educating an influx of immigrant students who do not speak English and fostering community and family engagement.


SED issues Q&A document on transition APPR regulations

On Board Online • January 25, 2016

By Pilar Sokol
Deputy General Counsel

Many local school officials have had questions regarding how recent changes in state regulations will affect the way annual professional performance reviews (APPRs) are conducted, especially in light of the fact that the current law on APPR has not changed and includes certain requirements.

To address many implementation issues that can arise in individual school districts and BOCES, the State Education Department (SED) issued a question-and-answer document on Jan. 15.


Excessed school psychologist entitled to reinstatement

On Board Online • January 25, 2016

By Jeffrey Mongelli
Senior Staff Counsel

Renee Eschmann, a licensed psychologist, was granted tenure in November 2002 in the school psychologist special subject area. When her position was abolished in 2006, she was placed on the district's preferred eligibility list (PEL).

In 2013, the district hired a full-time school psychologist. Upon learning of this, Eschmann claimed entitlement to the position and requested reinstatement to her former position. The district denied her request indicating that the new position was not similar to her former position.


Religious exemption to immunization denied

On Board Online • January 25, 2016

By Kimberly A. Fanniff
Senior Staff Counsel

Under state public health law, school administrators have authority to grant or deny parental requests for exemptions to immunization requirements. In order to be granted a religious exemption to immunization a parent must show genuine and sincere religious beliefs contrary to immunization. School administrators must make the difficult determination whether the parents' beliefs are in fact religious and, if so, whether those beliefs are genuinely and sincerely held. In Appeal of D.M. and K.M., the commissioner of education upheld a district's denial of a religious exemption based on the parents' inconsistent statements regarding their opposition to immunization.


What would the state comptroller say about your grading policy?

On Board Online • January 25, 2016

By Courtney Sanik
Senior Policy Consultant

Grades are important pieces of information in school districts. Averages can dictate class ranking, what course work a student is eligible to participate in, and whether a college will look favorably upon an application. If a student's grades are low, it can trigger limits on participation in extracurricular activities.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli recently called attention to the need for districts to have high quality systems and procedures to handle grades by issuing a report on the computer and software systems which track, record and maintain student grades.


How BOE members can keep their heads in the game

On Board Online • January 25, 2016

By Linda Hoffman
Area 1 Director

"Ladies and gentlemen, please look down at your feet if you are wearing shoes that tie. Is the knot centered? Are the loops equal and straight across the tongue? If the answer is yes, you are properly prepared for the challenges facing school board members today."

This advice came from a well-respected school board member as she was accepting a well-deserved award and retiring from her board of education. A former girls basketball coach, she had delivered similar messages to her players.


Avatars help conquer classroom jitters

On Board Online • January 25, 2016

By Merri Rosenberg
Special Correspondent

It's routine for people learning to fly airplanes to use a simulator before sitting in an actual cockpit. Now it's possible for aspiring teachers and administrators to interact with confused students and disgruntled parents in electronic simulations.

They can just step into the TLE TeachLivE Lab.

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