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End of federal free school meals for all poses challenges to families, districts

On Board Online • September 19, 2022

By Merri Rosenberg
Special Correspondent

During the past two years of the pandemic, federal funds fully covered meals for each student, no matter what their family's income.

NYS Smart Schools Bond Act funds upgrades in security, technology

On Board Online • September 19, 2022

By Sal Prividera
Special Correspondent

More than 50 New York State school districts will be able to upgrade their technology and security this school year thanks to the state's Smart Schools Bond Act.

Regents approve regulations on substantial equivalency

On Board Online • September 19, 2022

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

The Board of Regents has approved regulations designed to ensure that New York students attending private schools, including both religious and secular institutions, receive educations that are at least "substantially equivalent" to those provided in public schools, as required by state law.

Building greater accountability through shared responsibility

On Board Online • August 29, 2022

By Lester W. Young, Jr.
Chancellor, Board of Regents

The dictionary defines "accountability" as an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one's actions. In the context of public education, accountability generally refers to the policies and systems that hold teachers, schools and districts responsible for student academic achievement.

Monkeypox: What you need to know

On Board Online • August 29, 2022

By Eric D. Randall

At least 11 children have tested positive for monkeypox since July in multiple states, from Florida and Maine to California and Oregon.

State COVID policy mirrors that of CDC

On Board Online • August 29, 2022

Eric D. Randall

It's official: masks generally won't be required in classrooms or on buses as the school year opens, as long as community transmission levels are not deemed high by health authorities. Nor is physical distancing required.

Proposed federal regulations clarify rights of pregnant students, staff

On Board Online • August 29, 2022

By Lisa Castillo
Special Correspondent

Anticipating a possible rise in the teen pregnancy rate in the wake of the Dobbs decision, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) has proposed new regulations that clarify the rights of pregnant students and require specific accommodations.

Hochul signs bill on Holocaust ed

On Board Online • August 29, 2022

By Brian Fessler
Director of Governmental Relations

Instruction on the Holocaust has been required by state law since 1994. On August 10, Gov. Kathy Hochul held a ceremony at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan to sign into law legislation that will require the State Education Department (SED) to conduct a survey regarding how this mandate is being fulfilled.

Is there really a 'teacher shortage'? Yes. But experts say threat is exaggerated

On Board Online • August 29, 2022

By Jill Barshay
The Hechinger Report

The stories are scary. The Wall Street Journal reported in February 2022 that burned out teachers were exiting for jobs in the private sector. House lawmakers in Washington devoted an entire hearing to "Tackling Teacher Shortages" in May 2022.

NYSSBA's new Leadership in Education Event tackles variety of topics

On Board Online • August 29, 2022

By Chris Carola
Special Correspondent

When Allison Goodspeed moved back to her hometown in Fulton County last year after a 20-year career in the U.S. Air Force, she got involved with her local school district's parent teacher organization.

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