New York State School Boards Association

On Board Online March 16 2020

Many coronavirus issues loom for districts

On Board Online • March 16, 2020

By Eric D. Randall

If your school district has to close one or more schools due to the spread of coronavirus in your school community, is your school board prepared to:

  • Educate students remotely (including students with special needs)?
  • Ensure continuity of meal programs for needy children?
  • Crosstrain employees for critical job functions?

Why school costs rose as enrollment dropped

On Board Online • March 16, 2020

By Eric D. Randall

Public school enrollment in New York State is down, dropping at least 5% in most districts since 2007-08. But spending is up. Why?

The Office of the State Comptroller answers that question in a new report that is sympathetic to the pressures on school boards and school administrators.

Announcement: NYSSBA is freezing your dues

On Board Online • March 16, 2020

Robert S. Schneider
NYSSBA Executive Director

Shortly after I became executive director of NYSSBA this year, school districts got sobering news about the state property tax cap. The state comptroller announced the allowable tax levy growth factor will be just 1.81%.

My background is in finance, and I know what a struggle it is for governance teams to create a budget every year. In the last two budget cycles, school districts have had to rely on more than $2.1 billion from fund balances.

SED may stop classifying students as having 'emotional disturbance'

On Board Online • March 16, 2020

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

State officials are considering revising an old label used for a condition shared by roughly 5 percent of students receiving special education services around New York.

"Emotional disturbance" was the diagnosis specified for nearly 24,000 students in New York schools in 2017, the most recent year for which figures were available from the State Education Department.

A student's view on what boards can do to improve mental health in schools

On Board Online • March 16, 2020

By Maille Bowerman

There's an epidemic in schools, very real to the students, but all too often hidden from parents, teachers and administrators. Depression, anxiety and mental illness affect more than one in five students. That means in your average classroom of 25 students, five or more students consistently have feelings of sadness, inadequacy, and loneliness that interfere with their daily lives.

Value of early college high schools found worth the investment

On Board Online • March 16, 2020

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

If your school district or BOCES has an early college high school, chances are it's giving the community a lot of bang for the buck. Students who attend early college high schools tend to graduate and go on to postsecondary education at higher rates and earn more money than their peers who d

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