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Statement by NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the 2018 Legislative Session

FOR RELEASE: June 21, 2018



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


To borrow from the words of famous poet T.S. Eliot, the 2018 legislative session ended "not with a bang but a whimper." 

There was no deal on major issues such as teacher evaluations, school safety, or stop arm cameras for school buses.

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Special Commentary

Wait to craft improved teacher evaluations  (Albany Times Union)
By Timothy Kremer, NYSSBA Executive Director

You could pick from a long menu of metaphors to describe New York's dysfunctional teacher and principal evaluation system and be hard-pressed to go wrong. In consumer terms, I'd call it a lemon — and it's clear to see why it has turned out that way. The design work was rushed. The construction phase was piecemeal and fraught with disputes and delays. Any implied warranty is long expired.

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Opioid deaths, arrests rattle NYS communities

On Board Online • June 11, 2018

By Pauline Liu
Special Correspondent

In Allegany County's Genesee Valley School District, tragedy struck twice this school year. Two parents of elementary school students overdosed on opioids and died in separate incidents, according to Superintendent Brian Schmitt.

Also this school year, three teenagers from the same county were charged with negligent homicide after allegedly failing to get medical help for an 18-year-old friend who died of a heroin overdose during a car ride to Rochester.

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