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Wade Elected Area 7 NYSSBA Director

FOR RELEASE: January 31, 2014

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

Matthew Wade of Brunswick was elected to a two-year term as Area 7 Director of the New York State School Boards Association. As Area 7 Director he represents school districts in Albany, Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties.


Mount Vernon School Board Trustee Featured in Statewide Campaign

FOR RELEASE: January 29, 2014

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

Brenda Crump, a member of the Mount Vernon Board of Education, is being featured in a video for a statewide eight-week campaign celebrating school board service by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).

The campaign – entitled “Do You Know Who I Am?” – will tell the story of individual school board members like Crump and the contributions they make in their communities. The campaign runs through March 21.

Crump has been on the Mount Vernon board since 2012. In addition to her school board service, she is a child and family advocate, which involves helping parents learn their legal rights in the child care, foster care and criminal justice systems. 


Bethlehem School Board Member Featured in Statewide Campaign

FOR RELEASE: January 29, 2014

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

Dr. Caitrin Navarro, a member of the Bethlehem Board of Education, is being featured in a video for a statewide eight-week campaign celebrating school board service by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).

The campaign – entitled “Do You Know Who I Am? – will tell the story of individual school board members like Navarro and the contributions they make in their communities. The campaign begins on January 27 and runs through March 21.


Cherry Valley-Springfield School Board Member Featured in Statewide Campaign

FOR RELEASE: January 28, 2014

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

Jeff Wait, a member of the Cherry Valley-Springfield Board of Education, is being featured in a video for a statewide eight-week campaign celebrating school board service by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).

The campaign – entitled “Do You Know Who I Am?” – will tell the story of individual school board members like Wait and the contributions they make in their communities. The campaign begins on January 27 and runs through March 21.


Fayetteville-Manlius School Board Member Featured in Statewide Campaign

FOR RELEASE: January 28, 2014

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

Rebecca Shiroff, a member of the Fayetteville-Manlius Board of Education, is being featured in a video for a statewide eight-week campaign celebrating school board service by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).

The campaign – entitled “Do You Know Who I Am?” – will tell the story of individual school board members like Shiroff and the contributions they make in their communities. The campaign begins on January 27 and runs through March 21.


Amid Financial Challenges, A Pause to Celebrate School Board Service

FOR RELEASE: January 24, 2014

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

State Leaders Salute School Board Service

As school board members across the state begin to piece together their spending plans for the 2014-15 school year, the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) is launching an eight-week campaign to celebrate school board service, beginning on Monday, January 27.

The campaign – entitled “Do You Know Who I Am?” – will tell the story of individual school board members and the contributions they make in their communities.

“There is no better time to highlight school board members and the work they do than during the budget process when board members are listening closely to the community and making difficult but necessary choices,” said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer.

Using social media, NYSSBA will share videos, photos and graphics highlighting school board members from across the state, as well as offer best practices to those serving on a school board.

Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leader Dean Skelos said, “Throughout New York, school board members play essential roles in putting our children on the path to academic success. It is important to recognize their service and the many contributions they make to help our schools and students thrive.”


Statement of Timothy G. Kremer, Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association, on the 2014-2015 State Budget Proposal

FOR RELEASE: January 21, 2014

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

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed an austere budget for schools.

While the governor’s budget contains many laudable issues such as state-funded universal prekindergarten and after-school programs, his state aid allocation falls way short of the mark.


Education Groups: Schools Need Minimum $1.5 Billion State Aid Increase Just to Maintain Programs

NYSSBA News

FOR RELEASE: January 16, 2014

CONTACT: John Yagielski 
518-810-8382 (cell)
email: kyagiels@nycap.rr.com

Release Report on Financing Public Education in New York State

The state Educational Conference Board (ECB) reports that aid to education would need to rise by a minimum of $1.5 billion in 2014-15 for schools to maintain current education programs.

The ECB also requests additional investments in two areas critical to preparing all students to be college and career-ready: Professional Development activities to implement shifts required by the Common Core and the expansion of universal Pre-kindergarten.

In its latest issue brief, "Financing Public Education in New York State," the ECB estimates that school districts will need to increase spending by $2.2 billion in 2014-15 merely to maintain current programs. This figure reflects moderate assumptions about cost increases necessary to maintain current educational programs and the limitation imposed by the tax cap on the ability to raise revenues from local sources.

"Our schools are in desperate need of these funds due to the impact of past cuts in state support and the limits on local support imposed by the state tax cap," stated ECB Chairman John Yagielski.


Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the State Comptroller’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring System for Schools

FOR RELEASE: January 16, 2014

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

Today’s report on the fiscal well-being of school districts paints a bleak financial picture for dozens of school districts statewide.


Statement of Timothy G. Kremer, Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association, on the 2014 State of the State

FOR RELEASE: January 8, 2014

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

The governor’s State of the State address today presented several promising initiatives for schools. Among them: a $2 billion “Smart Schools” bond referendum, universal prekindergarten, and rewards for highly effective teachers.

These are all sound proposals.

In today’s world, information moves at lightning-fast pace. Schools must be properly equipped to handle this flow in order to effectively educate students. As described, the governor’s Smart Schools referendum could represent a major step in helping districts get up-to-speed.


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