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On Board Online November 26 2018

Political polarization felt at local level

On Board Online • November 26, 2018

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

Some critics of the Saratoga Springs school board are turning to partisan language to vent their anger on Facebook.

"Find the democrats on your school board and get rid of them ASAP!" urged one commenter.

"Wake up, snowflakes!" demanded another, using a derogatory term some political conservatives use for liberals.

Rise in anti-Semitism, acts of hate prompts educational responses

On Board Online • November 26, 2018

By Merri Rosenberg
Special Correspondent

On Election Day, a spray-painted swastika was found on a window of Binghamton High School.

While unsavory graffiti is nothing new, such incidents are being viewed with high level of concern, especially in the wake of the Oct. 27 shooting in Pittsburgh, where a gunman killed 11 people at a synagogue.

In Binghamton, the graffiti was removed within an hour, said Principal Kevin Richman.

Taking stock of the elections

On Board Online • November 26, 2018

William Miller
NYSSBA President

Election Day 2018 is over - well, sort of. In some places they may still be counting absentee ballots. I'll avoid any obvious references to the 2000 presidential election, except to say, thankfully, this time around we don't have to hear about hanging chads. Remember those?

Closer to home, New York had a few nail biters on election night - especially in some of the races for the U.S. House of Representatives. But the most consequential outcome of the 2018 elections affecting NYSSBA members was the flip in control of the state Senate.

Going into the election, Republicans held a slim 32-seat majority in the 63-member Senate.

Regents edge closer to extending moratorium

On Board Online • November 26, 2018

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

The state Board of Regents is poised to extend a moratorium on links between student test results and teacher and principal evaluations for another year when the board meets in December.

Chancellor Betty Rosa made a surprise announcement of the plan as the Regents wrapped up their first full board meeting before moving on to committee meetings when they gathered in Albany on Nov. 5 and 6.

Student-directed IEPs - a trend to catch?

On Board Online • November 26, 2018

By Jackie Wiegand

Jonathan Bond, 18, can tell you a lot about his disabilities and why they make it difficult for him to learn in traditional ways.

A visual disability makes it challenging for him to read small text. A condition called dysgraphia means taking handwritten notes is a struggle.

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