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The 2017 Capital Conference - CANCELED
Date: February 12 - 13, 2017

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New York State Museum
222 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY 12230



The New York State School Boards Association Capital Conference scheduled for Sunday, February 12 and Monday, February 13, 2017 has been postponed due to the impending snow storm.

All events related to the conference, which was scheduled to take place at the New York State Museum and the Albany Renaissance Hotel, has been postponed until further notice.


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Join us at the New York State Museum, the oldest state museum in the country, and get ready to lobby.

Surrounded by more than 15 million specimens and artifacts that reflect more 170 years of research in the earth sciences, biology and human history, prepare to advocate on behalf of your students for the betterment of public education.

Dates and Locations

Sunday, February 12, 2017
New York State Museum
222 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12230

Monday, February 13, 2017
Renaissance Albany Hotel
144 State Street, Albany, NY 12207


Sunday, February 12

11:30 - 1:30 p.m. Registration
1:30 - 2:00 p.m. Welcome
Speakers: Susan L. Bergtraum, NYSSBA President and Timothy G. Kremer, NYSSBA Executive Director
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. State of New York Education
Learn the latest on key issues, hear from experts and get prepared for meetings with legislative representatives. Engage in an interactive conversation focusing on the key issues facing New York’s schoolchildren. Gain insight into the legislative process and glean tips that will be useful in your Monday meetings and when you return home.
Speakers: NYSSBA's Governmental Relations Team
3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15-4:15 p.m. A Conversation with the Commissioner
Common Core, high-stakes testing , school finance, closing the achievement gap and more. State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia will discuss current issues facing New York school boards and answer your questions.
Speaker: MaryEllen Elia, New York State Commissioner of Education
4:15-4:30 p.m. Break
4:30-5:30 p.m. Legislative Insiders Panel
Hear from reporters that specialize in covering legislative activities and receive an “insiders” perspective on the budget process and the specifics of the 2017 budget.
Moderated by: Liz Benjamin
Panelists: Keshia Clukey, Politico, education reporter Jon Campbell, Albany correspondent for Gannett's New York outlets and Monica Disare, Chalkbeat education reporter
 5:30-7:00 p.m. Reception
Enjoy refreshments on the 4th floor of the New York State Museum. The New York State Museum is a center of art, science, and history dedicated to exploring the human and natural history of the state. Ride on the historic Carousel and get a photo memento of your visit.
7:00-8:30 p.m. Dinner
Hear from special dinner speaker, Dana Goldstein, journalist and author. She authored the New York Times bestseller The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession (Doubleday) and contributes to many other publications. Dana writes about education, women’s issues, social science, inequality, criminal justice, health, and cities.


Monday, February 13

Take all you’ve learned, head up the hill and meet your state representatives!

8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast
Don't miss student speaker, A.G. Chancellor IV from William Floyd School District
A.G. Chancellor IV is a senior at William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach and is an active participant in his school, community and state. He actively participates in the YMCA New York State Youth & Government program. As a member of Youth & Government, which he currently leads as Governor, A.G. has served as Speaker of the Assembly, won Best Bill in the Assembly, and has been selected to attend the Conference on National Affairs for the past two years. He has been honored as one of 20 “Outstanding Statesmen” from the 600 students in the delegation. Following high school, A.G. plans on studying public policy and economics before entering a career in the public sector. He is also captain of the William Floyd High School Mock Trial team and was a member of the 2014 state champions. He is a two-sport athlete (tennis and cross country) and a member of the National Honor Society.
10:00 a.m. and beyond Legislative Appointments
Remember: please schedule your appointments in advance and allow plenty of time to go through security and get to your appointments.
12:00-12:30 Press Conference
Joint press conference with the New York State Parent Teachers Association


Complimentary for NYSSBA members

Recognition Program:
All NYSSBA member school boards are eligible for recognition in this program.  Credit will accrue for listed events and activities for individuals serving on a NYSSBA member board.
Board members will earn 20 points for attending the Capital Conference. 
Click here for more information.

Hotel Information:

The room block at the Renaissance Albany Hotel, 144 State Street, Albany, NY 12207, had a cut-off date of Friday, January 20. Reservations will continue to be accepted after this date, at prevailing room rates and a possible two-night minimum, subject to availability. Reserve online or call the Marriott’s toll-free reservation center at (888) 236-2427 to obtain availability and rate.

The Renaissance Albany Hotel does not accept purchase orders as a form of payment. If hotel rooms will be paid for by check, the check and tax exempt certificate must reach the hotel no later than Friday, February 3, 2017. Should there be a balance at the time of check-in, a credit card will be required for payment.

Please note, the room rate does not include parking. Click here for Parking Information.


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