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On Board Online • April 2, 2018
When confronted with an unbearable tragedy, we look for ways to cope. Many turn to the things we're most familiar with. As an educator, I look for the lessons to be learned from a given situation - even a terrible one. Through this process of education and growth, we hope to avoid repeating our mistakes.
To be sure, there are many lessons to be learned from the mass shooting that stole 17 innocent lives at a Parkland, Florida high school in February. Let's start with a history lesson.
On Board Online • April 2, 2018
By Merri Rosenberg
Linda Romano's classroom in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District looks a lot like a nursing home or hospital. Dressed in dark blue scrubs, students were washing life-like dummy figures and practicing their skills at transferring a "patient", i.e., a classmate, from a hospital bed to a wheelchair. A washing machine and dryer stood ready to renew the supply of clean bedding and towels.
"Be the professionals I know that you are," Romano told the students. "Being in uniform counts as part of your 108 clinical hours."
March 29, 2018
Yesterday, the first of the final budget bills were introduced in both the Senate and Assembly. However, as has been the case in recent years, the first bills were stripped down to include minimal, noncontroversial content. There is no deal on the major education issues including school aid, nonpublic school issues, charter schools, whether or not school districts will be required to seek state approval of their building level, or per pupil spending plans. A handful of education issues were addressed in the initial bills, including:
March 26, 2018
This week and last week, the Governmental Relations team was aggressive in working to ensure NYSSBA's budget priorities are included in the final state budget. The Joint Budget Conference committee, made of legislative leaders from each house, known as the "mothership", met and a spending amount or "table target" of $70 million dollars was announced for the education table. Table targets relate to budgeted revenues for Legislative additions to the Executive budget proposal. Some of the items under discussion for funding are school safety, mental health programs and funding for nonpublic schools and the charter industry.
March 19, 2018
Following the release of the Legislative budget proposals, the Governmental Relations team is hard at work advocating for NYSSBA's budget priorities, including:
March 16, 2018
Below, you will find NYSSBA analyses of the Senate and Assembly budget proposals.
As we indicated earlier this week, both houses included proposals for significantly more education aid, primarily Foundation Aid, than the executive proposed. However, like the executive, each house included a variety of policy-related proposals directly affecting school districts.
March 14, 2018
Last night, the Senate released its own response to the Executive budget proposal. This afternoon, they introduced the accompanying resolution that provided some additional details around the proposal.
Complete analysis of the bills are underway, however some initial highlights include:
March 13, 2018
Last night, the Assembly Majority released their legislative budget proposal. Analysis of the bills is underway, however an initial read reveals that this proposal includes a number of NYSSBA priority items, and rejects some of the most harmful items in the Executive proposal.
The Assembly proposal includes:
On Sunday, New York State Director of the Budget Robert Mujica issued a statement alleging that local officials are not allocating school funds in a manner that is fair and equitable. Our response to Mr. Mujica’s claim is simple: Who do we want to decide local school budgets – state bureaucrats in Albany or local boards of education representing school district residents?
On Board Online • March 12, 2018
By Cathy Woodruff
The shooting rampage that killed 17 people at Parkland High School in Florida on Feb. 14 touched off a tide of student-led activism now rolling through America's schools and communities - including many in New York.
Close to 200 student groups around the Empire State have registered their intention to conduct 17-minute school walkouts on March 14 to honor the 14 students and three faculty members killed in Florida. Events are planned from Hamburg to East Hampton and Canton to Brooklyn.
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