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School board members eye classroom instruction, school leadership as keys to improving struggling schools

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

FOR RELEASE:
July 20, 2015

 

Most school board members believe improving classroom instruction and school building management will be the most effective options available to a receiver to improve a low performing school, according to a recent poll by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA). 

State law now requires school districts to appoint "receivers" to assume managerial and operational control of 144 struggling schools for the 2015-16 school year. Receivers have the authority to make sweeping staffing changes, expand instructional time, and override decisions of the board of education.


Statement of New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the Legislative Session

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

FOR RELEASE:
June 26, 2015

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This year's difficult and lengthy legislative session will be remembered as a mixed bag of accomplishments and disappointments. 

We thank lawmakers for rejecting the education investment tax credit and avoiding an increase in the charter school cap. Both proposals would have been damaging to the state's public schools, which serve the vast majority of students. 


School budget votes illustrate the need for changes in tax cap

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

 

FOR RELEASE:
June 17, 2015
While voters approved seven of the nine school district budgets up for re-votes on Tuesday, the results clearly highlight the need for state lawmakers to amend the tax cap. 

The two budgets that failed (Northeastern Clinton and Parishville-Hopkinton) both received a substantial majority of voter support (58 percent for Northeastern Clinton and 59.5 percent for Parishville-Hopkinton), but failed because they needed a supermajority. 

"Once again, we see the detrimental effects of the tax cap in action," said Timothy G. Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA). "Since the tax cap took effect, two-thirds of districts that unsuccessfully attempted overrides had a majority of their voters support their budgets, yet their budgets were defeated. In these cases, fewer than half of voters trumped the will of the majority. The tax cap turns the concept of 'one person, one vote' on its head." 

Kremer said this situation could potentially be avoided if lawmakers redesign the override requirement so that it is a separate ballot question, put directly to voters for simple majority approval.


NYSSBA statement on new education commissioner


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

 

FOR RELEASE: May 26, 2015

We congratulate MaryEllen Elia on her appointment as education commissioner. 

New York's public schools need a leader who can reconcile opposing views among stakeholders over controversial issues, navigate the political complexities of the legislative process, and work with the Board of Regents to forge cogent policies that will make New York's education system student-focused.

We are encouraged by the academic gains Ms. Elia helped bring about in Florida's Hillsborough County school system during her tenure as a teacher and administrator. We look forward to working with her.


Vecchio presented with the Inaugural NYSSBA Champion for Change Award

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 (desk) or (518) 527-6933 (cell)
 
FOR RELEASE: May 26, 2015

 

Robert Vecchio, school board president of the William Floyd Union Free School District in Suffolk County, was named the first-ever Champion for Change Award winner, an honor given by The New York School Boards Association (NYSSBA).

“The NYSSBA Champion for Change is a champion for children who fosters creative change that enriches educational opportunities and inspires other school board members to make similar or even greater contributions,” said NYSSBA President Lynne Lenhardt. “Bob Vecchio is a role model for future school board members.”

Vecchio has served on the William Floyd Union Free School District School Board since 2003 and as president for the past nine years. He is also a member of the Legislative and Executive Committee of the Nassau Suffolk School Board Association.

 


School Boards Association reports that 98.6 percent of school budgets pass


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

 

FOR RELEASE: May 20, 2015

New York State voters approved an overwhelming 98.6 percent of school district budgets on Tuesday, May 19, according to an analysis by the New York State School Boards Association.

“Today is a good day for public education. School districts put forth budgets that will provide students in their communities with high-quality educational opportunities next year,” said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. “The combination of sound budgeting by school boards and a healthy state aid increase allowed many school districts to restore programs and positions while having a negligible impact on their local tax levies.”

Initial statewide results gathered by NYSSBA indicate voters passed 654 school district budgets. The number of budgets defeated was nine. NYSSBA was still awaiting results for 13 districts.


Poll: Board Members Expect Low Voter Turnout

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

 

FOR RELEASE: May 18, 2015


An overwhelming majority of school board members (88 percent) believe voter turnout in this year's school budget vote and school board elections will be at or below previous years, according to a poll by the New York State School Boards Association.

Only 12 percent think voter turnout will be higher than usual.

The survey results are consistent with recent voting trends. The number of votes cast has steadily decreased in each of the three years since the state's tax cap was introduced in 2012. Overall, the number of votes cast has decreased nearly 20 percent since the first year of the tax cap.


School Boards to Call for APPR Implementation Delay, Permanent Decoupling of State Aid, at Upcoming SED Summit

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

 

FOR RELEASE: May 6, 2015

Albany – The New York State School Boards Association will call for a delay in implementation of the new Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) system in all school districts, along with a permanent de-linking of state aid to APPR during its testimony at the State Education Department Learning Summit on Thursday, May 7.

"If state policymakers really want to establish a meaningful evaluation process, they need to provide school districts with adequate time to negotiate new evaluation agreements," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer.


Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the State Budget

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

 

FOR RELEASE: April 1, 2015

School boards will see a record $1.3 billion state aid increase that eliminates more than half of the remaining Gap Elimination Adjustment, makes substantial reforms to the teacher disciplinary process, and provides school leaders with an additional year to act upon tenure decisions.

NYSSBA has long fought to gain a stronger decision-making role for management over staffing.


Joint Statement from NYSCOSS and NYSSBA on Teacher Evaluations

FOR RELEASE: March 31, 2015

CONTACT: David Albert, NYSSBA
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell
Bob Lowry, NYSCOSS, (518) 435-5996


“The well-known definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.  Since 2010, legislation to change the teacher evaluation system in New York has been passed three times. The proposals currently under consideration as a part of state budget negotiations will be the fourth attempt in five years.


In 2012, the Governor and the Legislature passed changes to the evaluation system and tied the annual increase in school funding to adoption of local, collectively bargained plans by a deadline.  Many of the deficiencies of the current system which the Governor cites are the direct result of that linkage, which forced districts to bargain APPR plans with the threat of losing state aid hanging over their heads.  Now policymakers are considering the same thing again, hoping for a different outcome.

 

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