New York State School Boards Association

On Board Online April 8 2019


Harvard to study rural school strategies

On Board Online • April 8, 2019

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

A Harvard University research team is looking for rural school districts to test new strategies for reducing absenteeism, building college readiness and boosting college enrollment.

Nearly 340 school districts in New York are eligible to apply to participate in the project. Applications are due by April 30 for the full five-year initiative, which is funded by a $10 million federal gra


I believe in immunization

On Board Online • April 8, 2019

By William Miller
NYSSBA President

Spring has finally sprung! And with that comes - I hope - a respite from all the illnesses that were going around this winter.

This has been a particularly harsh year so far. The lower Hudson Valley and parts of New York City, for example, were slammed with the worst measles outbreak in recent memory. Currently there is a medical state of emergency in Rockland County that bans unvaccinated children from public places, including schools.


Arts education lessens behavior problems, boosts writing skills

On Board Online • April 8, 2019

By Gayle Simidian
Research Analyst

By participating in arts education partnerships, elementary and middle school students in the Houston Independent School District improved writing ability, displayed more concern for others and had fewer disciplinary problems, according to a new study by researchers at Texas A&M and the University of Missouri.

The study is the first to examine the casual effects of school-community art collaborations in an educational environment.


NYSSBA supports implementation of state mental health initiative

On Board Online • April 8, 2019

By Stephen Jambor
NYSSBA Adjunct Faculty

At NYSSBA headquarters in Latham, Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia meets quarterly with school board members (nominated by members of the Board of Directors) to have an in-depth discussion on a single educational topic. One I will never forget took place in September 2016. The topic was student mental health. With my background as a school board member and school psychologist, I relished the intersection of two subjects I care about deeply.

In group dynamics, sometimes something is said that galvanizes the whole room.


Second Circuit rules hostile environment claims can exist under the ADA

On Board Online • April 8, 2019

By Kimberly A. Fanniff
Senior Staff Counsel

It has long been established that employers can be found in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act if an employee is subjected to a "hostile work environment" in violation of his or her rights under that law. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, with jurisdiction over New York, recently ruled that employees also can assert that a hostile work environment exists under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

In Fox v. Costco Wholesale Corporation, an employee with Tourette Syndrome brought multiple claims under the ADA and New York Human Rights Law seeking redress for alleged harassment.

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