New York State School Boards Association

On Board Online March 22 2021


Budget plans in Assembly, Senate call for larger spending on PK-12

On Board Online • March 22, 2021

By Brian Fessler
Director of Governmental Relations

In late fall 2020, school districts were bracing for the possibility of billions of dollars in state aid cuts. But after two federal stimulus packages that included billions of dollars in new education funding, some of largest education funding increases in years are possible.


NYSSBA advocacy results in new law that reduces burden on BOE candidates

On Board Online • March 22, 2021

By Alicia Gené Artessa
Governmental Relations Representative

In recent weeks, NYSSBA championed a bill related to the number of signatures needed for school board election petitions. The bill passed both houses of the state Legislature and was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on March 8.


Gauging impact of pandemic on mental health

On Board Online • March 22, 2021

By Gayle Simidian
Research Analyst

When the pandemic hit last spring, many U.S. adolescents reported feeling more disconnected from school personnel and peers and reported more unhappiness when schools shifted from in-person to remote learning, according to research by America's Promise Alliance, a consortium of hundreds of organizations committed to positive development of young people.

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