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Engelbrecht named 2017 Everett R. Dyer Award recipient

FOR RELEASE: August 9, 2017  (Updated on 8/10/17)

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
@nyschoolboards

   

Richard Engelbrecht of the Madison-Oneida BOCES Board of Education has been named the 2017 Everett. R. Dyer Award winner by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).

The Dyer Award is given annually for distinguished school board service to a current or former school board member, who, in the judgment of the NYSSBA Awards Committee, should be recognized for outstanding contributions to public education and children in his or her own school district.

 


Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on Renewal of Mayoral Control in New York City

FOR RELEASE: June 29, 2017

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

   

Schools function best under steady, consistent leadership. State lawmakers acted just in time to renew mayoral control and ensure continuity in leadership as the New York City school system prepares for the upcoming 2017-18 school year. We thank Governor Cuomo and the state Legislature for completing this unfinished business and averting a disruption to the city school system.


Statement by NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the 2017 Legislative Session

FOR RELEASE: June 22, 2017

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

   

We expect lawmakers will return to Albany at some point to address outstanding issues – most notably extending mayoral control of New York City schools – and correct what can best be characterized as an incomplete end to the legislative session. 

While we are grateful for the passage of much-needed technical adjustments to the tax cap, the major education issue of this session, mayoral control, hangs in limbo. The use of the mayoral control school governance model in New York City is preferred by nearly all interested parties. Therefore, it makes sense to separate this issue from other issues not so widely supported, and approve an extension immediately while the law's expiration deadline of June 30 is looming. Other issues can and should be taken up by the legislature at a later date. 

We urge the Legislature to resolve this unfinished business as soon as possible.


Media Backgrounder: NYS School Board Member Removal Process

FOR RELEASE: June 20, 2017

CONTACT:
David Albert (518) 783-3716
Al Marlin (518) 527-6933
@nyschoolboards

   
  1. How is a school board member removed from office?
    A board member may be removed from office either by the commissioner of education or the school board. A school board’s authority to remove one of its members from office is separate and distinct from the commissioner’s authority to remove a board member. A school board member removed from office may not be appointed or elected to any district office for one year from the date of his or her removal.


NYSSBA report identifies areas of teacher shortages in New York

FOR RELEASE: May 24, 2017

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

   

Despite numerous warnings of widespread teacher shortages, a new report from the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) finds teacher shortages in New York are generally confined to a handful of subjects and geographic regions.

"What we found was that teacher shortages in New York exist largely in such hard-to-staff subjects as science, math, special education, English as a second language, bilingual education, foreign languages and technology," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. "We also found that shortages aren't necessarily widespread across the state, but are found mostly in New York City and in smaller, more rural locales.

 


School Boards Association reports that 99.4 percent of school budgets pass; 77 percent of override attempts succeed

FOR RELEASE: May 17, 2017

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

   

New York State voters approved 99.4 percent of school district budgets on Tuesday, May 16, according to an analysis by the New York State School Boards Association. 

"This year, many school boards overcame rising costs in order to deliver budgets that stayed within the state's property tax cap," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. "Smart budgeting, community input and an increase in state education funding helped districts win strong voter support. Some districts were even able to restore positions lost during leaner budgeting years."

 


NYSSBA Statement on NYS Draft Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan

FOR RELEASE: May 8, 2017

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

   

After nearly a year working as a part of the ESSA think tank, NYSSBA is pleased to have a full draft of the state plan for review. 

Now that the ideas and input of the think tank and stakeholders have been compiled, we must consider the specific proposals advanced by the department, and  whether districts have the authority and resources to implement what is proposed. 

 


Average school district tax levy increase is just 1.48 percent, well below "2 percent" tax cap

FOR RELEASE: May 3, 2017

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

   

The average proposed school district tax levy increase in 2017-18 will be 1.48 percent, more than half a percentage point below the acclaimed "2 percent" property tax cap, according to a NYSSBA analysis of school district property tax and budget data from the State Education Department. 

This will be the fourth consecutive year the tax cap growth factor will be below 2 percent.


NYSSBA statement on revised state learning standards

FOR RELEASE: May 2, 2017

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

   

We are encouraged by the State Education Department's more collaborative and inclusive process for the adoption of new learning standards for public schools, in contrast to the adoption of Common Core standards in 2011. 

The department has consulted with school board members, parents, teachers, subject matter experts, and others in an attempt to craft age-appropriate standards and obtain buy-in from stakeholders. 

We look forward to reviewing the standards and submitting comments on behalf of school board members.


NYSSBA report highlights alternatives to school suspension, potential ways to improve "school climate"

FOR RELEASE: April 27, 2017

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

   

The practice of "restorative justice" has emerged as an option to help schools improve their climate and consider ways to reduce student suspensions, according to a new research report entitled "Rethinking School Discipline," by the New York State School Boards Association. 

Under the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act, states may include school climate or elements of school climate --  such as suspension rates, absenteeism and school safety -- among the "school quality indicators" they would monitor and use to help schools improve. 

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