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Call To Action: Reform BOCES District Superintendent Compensation

May 14, 2018

Legislation that seeks to update the current cap on salaries for BOCES district superintendents is pending in both houses of the state legislature. Current law caps the salary of BOCES district superintendents at 98 percent of the commissioner of education's 2003-04 salary or 106% of the salary cap applicable in the previous school year, whichever is less. This legislation would update the cap to reflect the commissioner of education's 2017-18 salary.

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The cap, first enacted in 1993, was intended to be regularly updated. However, the cap has been adjusted only once, in 2003.

Please contact your legislators and ask them to pass this bill before the legislative session ends. NYSSBA's memorandum in support of this bill can be accessed below.

APPR Update

May 10, 2018

This week, the State Senate Majority issued a statement expressing concern about the legislation recently passed in the  Assembly (A.10475, Nolan/S.8301, Marcellino) that would make several changes to teacher and principal evaluations, known as "Annual Professional Performance Reviews" (APPR).

As introduced this bill would eliminate the mandated use of State test scores as a part of teacher and principal evaluations (APPR) and require that districts collectively bargain which assessments will be used instead. This bill also purports to allow current APPR plans to remain in place until new agreements and plans are reached, without the loss of district state aid increases. In addition, this bill would make permanent the prohibition on state 3-8 test scores appearing as a part of a student's permanent record.

Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on APPR Legislation

FOR RELEASE: May 9, 2018



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



We are concerned that if enacted, proposed APPR legislation that has passed the Assembly would result in additional student testing. 

Unless the state wants to forfeit federal ESSA funds, it still must administer grades 3-8 ELA and math state assessments. Under the proposed APPR legislation, students could have to take both the state tests as well as alternative assessments that would be used for teacher and principal evaluation purposes.

Media Backgrounder: Facts about School Board Elections 2018

Here are some quick facts on school board elections:

  • With few exceptions, school districts across the state hold school board elections and school budget votes on the third Tuesday of May.
  • The size of a school board generally ranges between three and nine members.
  • With limited exceptions, school board members serve three, four or five-year terms.

View a regional breakdown of board elections based on a NYSSBA survey of 671 school districts. A total of 610 districts responded – a rate of 91 percent.

Call to Action: Pressure Continues to Shift Impact Aid to Education Savings Accounts

May 7, 2018

Congressional momentum continues to grow around a proposal that would convert the Impact Aid program for use to fund educational savings accounts. Impact aid provides direct funding to school districts that have large amounts of nontaxable federal land. This federal aid stream helps fill the gap in property tax revenues. If adopted, this change would take the money out of school districts and instead fund education savings accounts for families of federally connected children to attend the school of their choice.

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Avon Central School District Board Member Welch named NYSSBA’s Champion for Change

FOR RELEASE: May 4, 2018



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



Avon Central School District Board Member Julie Welch is the 2018 recipient of the New York State School Boards Association Champion for Change Award. 

The Champion for Change Award is presented to an individual who is serving in their first five years as a school board member and demonstrates leadership by enhancing educational opportunities for all students.

In walkout #2, students call on lawmakers

On Board Online • May 7, 2018

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

Putting to rest a host of worries that preceded a second national school walkout on April 20, most New York school districts found ways for their students to speak their minds without sparking the disciplinary nightmares or student safety risks that some had envisioned.

The length of the walkouts varied, and it's not clear how many followed the national organizer's vision for an event that would begin at 10 a.m. and last all day.

State tests remain controversial

On Board Online • May 7, 2018

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

It has been another spring of controversy for New York's math and English language arts testing program for students in grades 3-8.

Amid steps to trim testing time and other measures state education officials had hoped would ease concerns about the exams, technical glitches disrupted administration of computerized tests in some places. At the same time, state lawmakers began weighing proposals to permanently abandon the use of state test results in teacher and principal evaluations.

Hearing the community's voice

On Board Online • May 7, 2018

William Miller
NYSSBA President

Although finding money for new initiatives is always difficult, this budget season your school board may be proposing spending more money on school safety.

In response to school shootings, most recently in Florida and Maryland, this year we are seeing many districts around the state enhancing security measures. In fact, school districts from Cornwall to Plattsburgh, from Cato-Meridian to Hadley-Luzerne are planning to upgrade security and safety. The addition of school resource officers, in particular, seems to be prevalent. Chenango Valley, for example, plans on putting police officers in all its schools.

What is right for your school district? School resource officers, video surveillance cameras, metal detectors, hall monitors, ID cards or changes to the physical school building (entrances, exits, windows, etc.)?

Senate power balance unchanged after special election

On Board Online • May 7, 2018

By Julie M. Marlette
Director of Governmental Relations

Special elections held for state legislative seats on April 24 proved a bit anti-climactic. Hours before the polls closed, Sen. Simcha Felder, a Democrat, issued a statement indicating that, regardless of the election results, he would continue to caucus with the Republicans for the remainder of the session.

That meant Republicans would maintain control of the Senate, no matter what.

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