New York State School Boards Association

On Board Online July 22 2019

Regents plan to create commission to reconsider diploma requirements

On Board Online • July 22, 2019

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

The Board of Regents has launched an initiative to re-evaluate New York's high school diploma requirements and announced the creation of a new "blue ribbon" commission to recommend revisions.

The commission membership is expected to overlap with a "working stakeholder group" that is to include NYSSBA and organizations representing superintendents, parents, teachers and administrators, as well as business leaders and representatives from higher education

Vaping trend seen as threat to many students' health

On Board Online • July 22, 2019

By George Basler
Special Correspondent

The products have catchy names such as Chef's Crunch and Apple Smax. But they're not candy. They're flavored tobacco products that have exploded in popularity in recent years, creating a new issue for school officials.

Use of liquid nicotine, known as vaping, surpasses traditional cigarettes among school-age children, according to figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The trend is raising concern that a new generation of young people are getting hooked on nicotine.

NYSSBA: Visible, vocal and vigilant... in more ways than you may think

On Board Online • July 22, 2019

Timothy G. Kremer
NYSSBA Executive Director

As NYSSBA prepares to celebrate its 100th Annual Convention & Education Expo this October, I have been thinking about how much public education has changed since our first convention was held in 1920 (not that I was around back then). The amount of change has been pretty astonishing.

Like any good organization, NYSSBA has had to evolve with the times, keeping pace with changes in public education and the world. That means always thinking of ways to serve members better.

Currently, NYSSBA presents its service offerings across four categories - Information, Advocacy, Leadership Development and Custom Programs.


Elia surprises Regents with resignation

On Board Online • July 22, 2019

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

MaryEllen Elia, who stepped into a turbulent swirl of controversy surrounding educational issues when she was tapped as New York's 15th education commissioner four years ago, surprised the Regents at their July meeting by announcing her imminent resignation.

Elia, 70, said she would serve through August and plans to accept a position with "a national firm" that works with school districts across the country to support school turnaround efforts.

Appellate court vacates termination of bus driver who slapped a student

On Board Online • July 22, 2019

By Shubh N. McTague
Staff Counsel

A divided appellate court panel has vacated the penalty of termination imposed on a school bus driver who slapped the face of a nine-year-old student with a disability. The student had punched the driver while trying to get off the bus.

While emphasizing that it was not condoning the bus driver's behavior, a majority of the Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court, Fourth Department, sent the matter back to the school district for the imposition of "an appropriate penalty less than termination."

Tackling racism in the classroom

On Board Online • July 22, 2019

By Merri Rosenberg
Special Correspondent

"What comes to mind when you hear Native American, indigenous people, Indians?" teacher Jenice Mateo-Toledo recently asked 20 sixth graders in Hastings Public Schools.

The students bent their heads and wrote responses on their papers. Tribes, feathers, teepees and "savages" were mentioned in the discussion that followed, as well as the Redskins football team.

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