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NYSSBA statement on 2016 graduation rates

FOR RELEASE: February 10, 2017

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

NYSSBA is encouraged that overall graduation rates across the state continue to climb. However, we are deeply concerned that graduation gaps among students of color, English language learners, and students in poorer districts continue to persist. These gaps lend support to our belief that the state needs to provide adequate state aid, especially to those districts that are less wealthy and have greater numbers of students for whom English is not their primary language. NYSSBA calls for an additional $2 billion overall in the 2017-18 state budget, including $1.4 billion in foundation aid.

NYSSBA statement on estimated 2017-18 TRS employer contribution rate

FOR RELEASE: February 1, 2017

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

The 2017-18 TRS employer contribution rate of 9.8 percent marks the third straight year the rate has gone down. Considering that employee salaries make up the largest single portion of school district spending, even small decreases in the rate can add up to significant savings. That said, with the property tax cap below 2 percent again this year, lower wealth school districts will likely still struggle to craft 2017-18 budgets that provide needed programs and services to students without a sufficient state aid increase.

Statement by NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget

FOR RELEASE: January 18, 2017

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


The proposed $1 billion education aid increase represents a good starting point for budget negotiations.


We support the governor’s proposals to update the foundation aid formula to better reflect student poverty and to consolidate prekindergarten funding streams.

State-of-the-State Wrap Up: Reaction from School Boards

FOR RELEASE: January 11, 2017

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


As Gov. Andrew Cuomo concludes his regional State of the State messages, we are encouraged by the prospects of record state aid to public education. 


In addition, school boards support the governor’s plan to recognize an additional 60 exceptional teachers with Empire State Excellence in Teaching Awards.

NYSSBA Statement on Carl Paladino

FOR RELEASE: December 24, 2016


We are truly saddened and disturbed by Buffalo Board of Education member Carl Paladino's recent comments regarding President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Such incendiary and racially tinged language has absolutely no place coming from any school board member or any school official, especially among those who represent a diverse community. Mr. Paladino's comments do not reflect the views of the members of the New York State School Boards Association.


NYS School Boards Association Announces 2017 Legislative Priorities

FOR RELEASE: December 14, 2016

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell

A restart of the Foundation Aid formula with a three year phase-in plan for full funding tops the list of legislative priorities for the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) in 2017.

In addition, changes to the property tax cap, support for English Language Learners, and additional funding for prekindergarten are among the Association's other priorities.

NYSSBA Report: Community schools level the playing field

FOR RELEASE: November 28, 2016

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

Community schools can help students overcome the adverse effects of poverty and other obstacles to academic success, according to a new research report by the New York State School Boards Association. 

The report, entitled "Community Schools: The Great Equalizer," offers an in-depth view of community schools, including a glimpse at life inside two community schools. 

"Community schools can help level the playing field for schools wrestling with a high level of student poverty and transiency," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer.

State education leaders visit Buffalo to address critical education issues

FOR RELEASE: October 17, 2016

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

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa and nearly 2000 school board members will be in Buffalo next week to address such topics as educational inequities, bullying, drug abuse and other issues facing New York’s schools.

The discussions will take place at the New York State School Boards Association’s Convention on October 27 to 29 at the Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center.

Three NYS Schools to Earn Innovation Awards as Part of Statewide Educational Competition

For Release: Immediate – September 29, 2016
Contact: Jerry Gretzinger, Vice President of Strategic Communications and Public Relations
(518) 956-7359 |
David Albert, NYSSBA Director of Communications, Marketing and Research
(518) 783-3716 |

SUNY Poly and New York State School Boards Association Partner to Honor Top Three New York School Districts’ STEM-Based Educational Programs

“Be the Change for Kids” Innovation Award winners singled out for innovative, easily replicable programs that encourage critical 21st century skills

DiNapoli to NYSSBA: Tighter state aid, low tax cap on horizon for schools

FOR RELEASE: September 12, 2016

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

School districts should plan for limited state and local revenue growth in their budgets next year, based on projections for shrinking state tax collections and another low tax cap, according to State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

DiNapoli made the prediction in an interview with New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) Executive Director Timothy Kremer in an upcoming “NYSSBA News” program that will air on NYSSBA’s website beginning September 12.

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