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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.


School board members wary of inBloom

FOR RELEASE: December 11, 2013

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

School board members overwhelmingly oppose the State Education Department’s plan to provide student data to a third-party vendor, according to the latest poll of New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) members.

Seventy-five percent of board members surveyed said they oppose sending data for New York students to inBloom, a data storage company that has a contract with the State Education Department to collect student information such as names, addresses, disability, attendance and suspensions. Thirteen percent said they support providing the data to inBloom, while 11 percent indicated they were not sure.


One year after Newtown, most superintendents believe their schools are safer

FOR RELEASE:   December 10, 2013

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

One year after the horrific shootings at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School, nearly six in 10 superintendents in New York say their schools are safer today than they were a year ago, according to the results of a survey by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).

Fifty-nine percent of superintendents who responded to the survey said they believe their schools are “more safe” than they were a year ago. Another 39.5 percent said their districts were equally as safe as they were one year ago. Just .5 percent said their schools were less safe, while 1 percent were unsure.


Statement on Legislative Testimony

FOR RELEASE:  November 26, 2013

During recent testimony on student privacy before the state Assembly Education Committee, NYSSBA Governmental Relations Director David Little referred to the concept of an “inBloom score.”  His intention was to present a hypothetical scenario of the possible ways in which student information could be misused in the future. His cautionary example of the “inBloom score” was meant to alert lawmakers to the unforeseen consequences of how student information that we collect today could be misused tomorrow.  NYSSBA does not support an “inBloom score” and certainly would never propose that such a score be created. 


Board members support less testing for eighth-graders

FOR RELEASE:  November 21, 2013

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

School board members in New York overwhelmingly support eliminating double-testing of eighth-graders in math, according to a new poll by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).

Eighty-four percent of board members believe the state should seek a waiver from the federal government to allow eighth-grade students who take the Regents Algebra 1 exam to skip the regular eighth-grade math test.  Twelve percent of respondents believe the state should not seek a waiver, while 4 percent were not sure.

Currently, eighth-grade students who take accelerated math are required by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) to take both the Regents Algebra 1 exam and the grade 8 mathematics exam. The state Board of Regents has authorized the state education commissioner to ask the USDOE for a waiver from the requirement.


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