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Voters approve 99% of school budgets, including nearly 90% of overrides

FOR RELEASE: May 18, 2022

New York voters approved 99% of proposed school district budgets on Tuesday, May 17, according to preliminary results compiled by the New York State School Boards Association.

Newest front in the culture wars: SEL

On Board Online • May 16, 2022

By Chris Carola
Special Correspondent

Since 2018, the State Education Department has had K-12 benchmarks in social-emotional learning (SEL) including developing "self-awareness and self-management skills."

Court of Appeals' decision raises questions on retirees' health insurance premiums and perhaps coverage

On Board Online • May 16, 2022

By the New York State Association of School Attorneys

In mid-February, the New York State Court of Appeals issued a decision with important collective bargaining implications for public employers in New York State, including school districts.

When a 'genderqueer' student doesn't want parents to know

On Board Online • May 16, 2022

By Courtney Sanik
Senior Policy Consultant

When a student expresses a desire to be known by a name or pronoun different from that given to them at birth, it can present challenges for school districts, especially if the parents are unaware of the situation and the student expresses fear of informing them, or if the parents are opposed to it.

State Education Department says 'All Gender Restroom' is the preferred term for single-occupancy bathrooms

On Board Online • May 16, 2022

By Courtney Sanik
Senior Policy Consultant

School buildings may include single-occupancy bathrooms. What signage is appropriate on these bathrooms?

Schools to receive $2 billion in new aid

On Board Online • April 25, 2022

By Brian Fessler
Director of Governmental Relations

In the morning hours of Saturday, April 9, the state Assembly finished passage of the last remaining bills to complete the 2022-23 state budget process.

Comptroller urges greater state oversight over school mental health instruction

On Board Online • April 25, 2022

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

An audit by the New York State Comptroller's Office recommends that the State Education Department (SED) do more to ensure local school districts are incorporating mandatory mental health instruction into their curricula.

Educator guides expected this spring for Next Generation Learning Standards

On Board Online • April 25, 2022

By Chris Carola
Special Correspondent

This spring, the State Education Department plans to distribute educator guides for new tests in math and English language arts in grades 3-8 as the state gets close to full implementation of the Next Generation Learning Standards.

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