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Education budget grows by $1.1 billion

On Board Online • April 17, 2017

By Julie M. Marlette
Director of Governmental Relations

All school districts are guaranteed a foundation aid increase of at least 2.74 percent over 2016-17 levels under the approved 2017 state budget.

In addition, all districts would be guaranteed to get at least 44.75 percent of the amount they are due to receive when foundation aid is fully phased-in.


Seneca Falls board member Zellers named NYSSBA's Champion for Change

On Board Online • April 17, 2017

Eric D. Randall
Editor-in-Chief

Seneca Falls school board member Heather Zellers is the 2017 recipient of NYSSBA's Champion for Change Award.

The annual award recognizes board members who have fostered ground-breaking improvements. This year's was designated for a first-term board member who is dedicated, effective and inspiring.


Regents to phase in arts standards

On Board Online • April 17, 2017

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

The Board of Regents has approved a plan for putting new arts education standards in place within two years and endorsed a strategic vision that would boost the role of arts in school culture and curriculum.

The proposal, which was reviewed by the Regents at their April meeting, envisions standards for dance, music, theater and visual arts for each grade level in four "anchor" categories consistent with National Core Arts Standards:


SED awards family engagement grants

On Board Online • April 17, 2017

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

The State Education Department has awarded $6 million in additional grants from the first year of New York's My Brother's Keeper initiative, providing the first allocations earmarked specifically for family and community engagement.

The grants of up to $150,000 will go to 42 school districts, including 14 districts within New York City and four other members of the Big 5 - Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester and Yonkers.


Why isn't computer science part of the NYS math sequence?

On Board Online • April 17, 2017

By Michael Nagler
Superintendent, Mineola Public Schools


The Wall Street Journal recently quoted Go Daddy CEO Blake Irving lamenting, "There are currently 500,000 unfilled high skilled IT and computer science jobs in the U.S." Simply put, our schools aren't producing qualified candidates to fill these positions, forcing companies to look abroad for talented people.

Our public schools have to be part of the solution.


Opt-out phenomenon enters 4th year

On Board Online • April 17, 2017

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

Which of the following statements is correct?

A. New York's test refusal movement is still going strong.

B. New York's test refusal movement is fizzling.

C. Both A and B.

The answer is 'C.' Both are true, depending on where you look.


How we communicate about STEM can make the difference, report says

On Board Online • April 17, 2017

By Gayle Simidian
Research Analyst

Have you heard someone say, "I'm not a math person"? Maybe the assumption that only certain people have talent in math and science is what limits the success of STEM education.

In a unique study, researchers focused on how educators and policymakers can use metaphors to alter public perceptions about math and science.


Data on school board effectiveness can enrich retreat discussions

On Board Online • April 17, 2017

By Chris McLaughlin
Leadership Development Manager

How would you rate the effectiveness of your board? Most school board members would probably think about what transpired at the last board meeting and give a subjective assessment based on their experience. The answer might describe personalities on the board, e.g. "We do fine except when Fred becomes Perry Mason and asks a million questions!"

However, board effectiveness can be measured - and improved. Moreover, improvements in board effectiveness are strongly related to higher student achievement.


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."

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