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School Boards Association brings its 100th Convention & Education Expo to Rochester

FOR RELEASE: October 17, 2019

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 office (518) 527-6933 cell

@nyschoolboards

Nearly 2,500 school board members, superintendents and educators from throughout New York State are expected to arrive in Rochester next week for the New York State School Boards Association’s 100th Annual Convention & Education Expo.


Majority of school board members favor starting high school later

FOR RELEASE: October 1, 2019

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 527-6933 cell

@nyschoolboards

Nearly six in 10 school board members recently polled by the New York State School Boards Association think the high school instructional day in their districts should begin later to accommodate teenagers’ natural sleep cycles. They also acknowledge there would be logistical challenges in doing so.


Robert S. Schneider named as NYSSBA’s next executive director

FOR RELEASE: September 23, 2019

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 527-6933 cell

@nyschoolboards

The New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) has named longtime finance and operations manager Robert S. Schneider of Gansevoort, Saratoga County, as the association’s next executive director, effective January 1, 2020. He will succeed Timothy G. Kremer, who will retire at the end of this year after 21 years leading NYSSBA. 

Schneider brings great depth of experience to his new position, with more than 25 years in association management.


Mary Jo O'Hagan of the Baldwin Union Free School District Board Of Education wins New York State School Boards Association's highest award

FOR RELEASE: September 3, 2019

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 527-6933 cell

@nyschoolboards

Mary Jo O’Hagan, a school board member in the Baldwin Union Free School District (USFD), has been named the winner of the New York State School Boards Association’s (NYSSBA) top award for school board service. 

She will receive the 2019 Everett R. Dyer Award for Distinguished School Board Service at the Association’s Annual Convention this October in Rochester, New York.

 

 


Schools are focused on protecting health and safety of students as a new school year begins

FOR RELEASE: August 28, 2019

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 527-6933 cell

@nyschoolboards

Some 2.5 million students will head back to public schools across New York this fall amid an array of new protections approved by state lawmakers and local districts to help safeguard their health and safety.

At the state level, important new tools include the Red Flag Law, which aims to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous people.


Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the Resignation of MaryEllen Elia

FOR RELEASE: July 15, 2019

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell

@nyschoolboards

MaryEllen Elia took over as commissioner of education during a tumultuous time in New York’s public schools. She helped heal wounds resulting from the hurried implementation of the state’s annual teacher and principal performance review process (APPR) and Common Core learning standards.


Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the end of the 2019 Legislative Session

FOR RELEASE: June 21, 2019

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell

@nyschoolboards

State lawmakers took a number of significant steps during this legislative session to protect the health and safety of our students and to provide local school districts with new tools and flexibility to enhance educational programs.

At the same time, we also must note that some legislative actions taken this year are likely to impose new costs and unnecessary mandates on local school districts.


Joint statement on requiring schools to provide paid time off to employees for voting

FOR RELEASE: June 17, 2019

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 320-2221 cell

@nyschoolboards

Timothy G. Kremer, Executive Director, New York State School Boards Association
Charles S. Dedrick, Ed.D., Executive Director, New York State Council of School Superintendents

Before state lawmakers leave Albany, it is imperative that they restore an important protection for school districts that was omitted from a new law providing paid time off for employees to vote.

The law, which was passed as a part of the state budget this spring, extends the paid time off employers must provide for voting to three hours, an increase from the previous two-hour maximum.


School Boards Association reports that 98.4% of school budgets pass; 10 of 18 override attempts succeed

FOR RELEASE: May 22, 2019

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 320-2221 cell

@nyschoolboards

New York State voters approved 98.4% of school district budgets on Tuesday, May 21, according to an analysis by the New York State School Boards Association.

"Yesterday, communities across the state reaffirmed their support for public education by approving the vast majority of school district budgets," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer.


NYSSBA Report: Schools struggle to find English language learner teachers

FOR RELEASE: May 3, 2019

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell

@nyschoolboards

School districts are struggling to find teachers for English language learners, according to a new report from the New York State School Boards Association. 

A NYSSBA survey found that 52% of school superintendents with non-native English speakers in their schools reported having difficulty over the past year recruiting and hiring teachers specifically trained to instruct those students.

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