New York State School Boards Association

FMLA leave for CSE meetings? U.S. Dept. of Labor says yes

On Board Online • September 2, 2019

By Pilar Sokol
Deputy General Counsel

In an opinion letter dated Aug. 8, 2019, the Wage and Hour Division at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) concluded that employees can take intermittent leave under the federal Family Medical and Family Leave Act (FMLA) to attend a committee on special education (CSE) meeting held to discuss their child's individualized education program (IEP).

The FMLA allows employees - including employees of school districts and BOCES - to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for medical or child-care purposes during a designated 12-month period.

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News Releases

Mary Jo O'Hagan of the Baldwin Union Free School District Board Of Education wins New York State School Boards Association's highest award

FOR RELEASE: September 3, 2019

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 527-6933 cell


Mary Jo O’Hagan, a school board member in the Baldwin Union Free School District (USFD), has been named the winner of the New York State School Boards Association’s (NYSSBA) top award for school board service. 

She will receive the 2019 Everett R. Dyer Award for Distinguished School Board Service at the Association’s Annual Convention this October in Rochester, New York.



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Legal Alert

Substantial Equivalency Letter

Ms. Christina Coughlin
Assistant Commissioner for the Office of School Governance, Policy, and Religious and Independent Schools
New York State Education Department 89 Washington Avenue, Room 1075 EBA Albany, New York 12234

Re: Proposed Rulemaking I.D. No. EDU-27-19-00010-P Dear Ms. Coughlin:

On behalf of the New York State School Boards Association, please accept these comments in response to the proposed addition of Part 130 to the Commissioner's Regulations relating to substantial equivalency reviews for students attending nonpublic schools.

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