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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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