New York State School Boards Association

On Board Online February 3 2020


2020 U.S. Census critical to school funding

On Board Online • February 3, 2020

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

Beginning April 1, 2020, the federal government begins a process that occurs only once every 10 years: counting (or attempting to) every person living in the U.S. and collecting demographic data from them.


NYSSBA renews call for 2% minimum on property tax levy growth factor

On Board Online • February 3, 2020

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

The New York State Comptroller has announced that the allowable levy growth factor - a key component of the property tax cap - will be 1.81% for 2020-21 school budgets.


Why I care about public education

On Board Online • February 3, 2020

Robert S. Schneider

As NYSSBA's new executive director, I am excited to share my thoughts on important education issues of the day through this commentary.

Before I do, I want to share a little bit about myself.

Prior to becoming executive director, I served NYSSBA for 20 years in various capacities, primarily on the business side of the organization - first as director of finance and later as associate executive director and chief operating officer.

 


Reading the fine print in Cuomo's budget proposal

On Board Online • February 3, 2020

By Brian Fessler
Interim Director of Governmental Relations

Every year, after the governor releases the executive budget proposal, school officials anxiously await release of "school aid runs" that detail how much aid is proposed for individual school districts. This year, many districts saw larger proposed Foundation Aid increases than they have in previous years' executive budget proposals.


Regents offer 'guiding questions' as they mull graduation standards

On Board Online • February 3, 2020

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

The Board of Regents has scheduled 14 regional meetings around the state to launch a public discussion about New York's next generation of graduation requirements.

The meetings will include opportunities for public comment and are part of an initial information-gathering phase for the graduation standards-setting initiative.


Regents create new academic discipline: Computer Science and Digital Fluency

On Board Online • February 3, 2020

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

The state Board of Regents has endorsed a set of Learning Standards for Computer Science and Digital Fluency, creating New York's first new academic discipline for K-12 students since standards for seven other learning areas were established in 1996.

"This is kind-of-a historic moment," said Marybeth Casey, director of the State Education Department's Office of Curriculum and Instruction, as she outlined highlights of the new standards for the Regents at their January meeting.


Graduation rate rises slightly to 83.4%

On Board Online • February 3, 2020

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

The high school graduation rate for New York students inched up to 83.4% last year, continuing a trend of gradual growth amid signs that more students are starting to travel new academic pathways to earn their diplomas.

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