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Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on Common Core Task Force

CONTACT: David Albert
 (518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

FOR RELEASE: September 28, 2015                          




“I am honored to bring the voice of school board members throughout the state to Governor Cuomo’s Task Force on the Common Core Learning Standards. Our students need high educational standards, but the roll out of the Common Core in New York State has been plagued by too rapid an implementation and an overreliance on testing. By bringing all of the stakeholders and decision makers together, the governor’s task force has the potential to be a game-changer in the now five-year debate over the Common Core.  I intend to work closely with the governor and task force members to put more decision-making back into the hands of local officials and restore faith in our system of public education.”

https://www.ny.gov/programs/common-core-task-force


As school year begins, School Boards Association calls for temporary ceasefire in education reform debate

CONTACT: David Albert
 (518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

FOR RELEASE: September 3, 2015                          

 

The New York State School Boards Association today urged parents, teachers, administrators and state education policymakers to put aside differences over opt outs, testing, Common Core and teacher evaluations. 

"The beginning of the school year should be a time of excitement and promise, as students begin to learn new subject matter, meet their new teachers, and get acquainted with their classmates," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. 


Mauro Elected to NYSSBA Board of Directors

CONTACT: Al Marlin
 (518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

FOR RELEASE: August 21, 2015



Barbara Mauro of Niskayuna has been elected to a two-year term as Area 7 Director of the New York State School Boards Association. In addition to her two-year term, which starts January 1, Mauro also will serve the final five months of Matt Wade's term.  Wade resigned from his position on July 31.

As Area 7 Director, Mauro represents school districts in Albany, Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties.


Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the Grades 3-8 Assessment Results

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

FOR RELEASE: August 12, 2015

 

Incremental progress is better than no progress, particularly during a period of tumultuous change in New York’s schools.

In the last five years alone, we have implemented rigorous learning standards, adopted controversial teacher and principal evaluation systems, and experienced increasing numbers of student test refusals.


Poll: School board members prefer diminished federal role in education

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

FOR RELEASE: July 30, 2015

 

The federal government should play a less active role in how schools evaluate teachers, test students or adopt learning standards, according to a poll of school board members. 

"As Congress debates reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, most school board members across the state would like to see the federal government take a less aggressive role in public education at the state and local levels," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. 


School board members eye classroom instruction, school leadership as keys to improving struggling schools

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

FOR RELEASE: July 20, 2015

 

Most school board members believe improving classroom instruction and school building management will be the most effective options available to a receiver to improve a low performing school, according to a recent poll by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA). 

State law now requires school districts to appoint "receivers" to assume managerial and operational control of 144 struggling schools for the 2015-16 school year. Receivers have the authority to make sweeping staffing changes, expand instructional time, and override decisions of the board of education.


Statement of New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the Legislative Session

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

FOR RELEASE: June 26, 2015

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This year's difficult and lengthy legislative session will be remembered as a mixed bag of accomplishments and disappointments. 

We thank lawmakers for rejecting the education investment tax credit and avoiding an increase in the charter school cap. Both proposals would have been damaging to the state's public schools, which serve the vast majority of students. 


School budget votes illustrate the need for changes in tax cap

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

 

FOR RELEASE:June 17, 2015
 
While voters approved seven of the nine school district budgets up for re-votes on Tuesday, the results clearly highlight the need for state lawmakers to amend the tax cap. 

The two budgets that failed (Northeastern Clinton and Parishville-Hopkinton) both received a substantial majority of voter support (58 percent for Northeastern Clinton and 59.5 percent for Parishville-Hopkinton), but failed because they needed a supermajority. 

"Once again, we see the detrimental effects of the tax cap in action," said Timothy G. Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA). "Since the tax cap took effect, two-thirds of districts that unsuccessfully attempted overrides had a majority of their voters support their budgets, yet their budgets were defeated. In these cases, fewer than half of voters trumped the will of the majority. The tax cap turns the concept of 'one person, one vote' on its head." 

Kremer said this situation could potentially be avoided if lawmakers redesign the override requirement so that it is a separate ballot question, put directly to voters for simple majority approval.


NYSSBA statement on new education commissioner


CONTACT: 
David Albert, NYSSBA
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

 

FOR RELEASE: May 26, 2015

We congratulate MaryEllen Elia on her appointment as education commissioner. 

New York's public schools need a leader who can reconcile opposing views among stakeholders over controversial issues, navigate the political complexities of the legislative process, and work with the Board of Regents to forge cogent policies that will make New York's education system student-focused.

We are encouraged by the academic gains Ms. Elia helped bring about in Florida's Hillsborough County school system during her tenure as a teacher and administrator. We look forward to working with her.


Vecchio presented with the Inaugural NYSSBA Champion for Change Award

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 (desk) or (518) 527-6933 (cell)
 
FOR RELEASE: May 26, 2015

 

Robert Vecchio, school board president of the William Floyd Union Free School District in Suffolk County, was named the first-ever Champion for Change Award winner, an honor given by The New York School Boards Association (NYSSBA).

“The NYSSBA Champion for Change is a champion for children who fosters creative change that enriches educational opportunities and inspires other school board members to make similar or even greater contributions,” said NYSSBA President Lynne Lenhardt. “Bob Vecchio is a role model for future school board members.”

Vecchio has served on the William Floyd Union Free School District School Board since 2003 and as president for the past nine years. He is also a member of the Legislative and Executive Committee of the Nassau Suffolk School Board Association.

 


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