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Young elected Regents Chancellor

On Board Online • January 18, 2021

By Eric D. Randall
Editor-in-Chief

As the issue of equity in education has moved to the center of efforts to improve public education, the state Board of Regents has unanimously elected its first Black chancellor. Veteran Brooklyn educator Lester Young Jr., a Regent since 2008, was unanimously elected as the Regents' presiding officer on Jan. 11.


Property tax levy growth factor set at 1.23% by state comptroller

On Board Online • January 18, 2021

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

The New York State Comptroller has announced that the allowable tax levy growth factor - a key component of each school district's property tax cap - will be 1.23% for 2021-22 school budgets. This is the lowest percentage since it was 0.12% for the 2016-17 budget.


Problem of drivers passing stopped school buses being addressed countywide in Suffolk County

On Board Online • January 18, 2021

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

New York State law makes it illegal to pass a stopped school bus when its stop sign is extended and red flashing lights are activated. However, the law is routinely disobeyed. According to the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, an estimated 50,000 motor vehicles illegally pass New York State school buses every day.


In 2020, school leadership worked

On Board Online • December 21, 2020

By Robert S. Schneider

Expect the unexpected. That could have been the motto for 2020.

For instance, who would have predicted back in January that the hot "new" holiday gift this year would be chess sets? Credit the Netflix series, "The Queen's Gambit," a welcome distraction for me and many others during a tumultuous 2020.

Let's look back at this year, my first as NYSSBA's executive director. In January, I had a calendar full of plans for face-to-face meetings around the state.


Regents call for repeal of Pandemic Adjustment

On Board Online • December 21, 2020

By Eric D. Randall
Editor-in-Chief

At their December meeting, the state Board of Regents voted to ask the Legislature to restore the Pandemic Adjustment, which reduced state funding to individual school districts in amounts equal to their projected federal CARES Act funding.


Regents adopt digital standards

On Board Online • December 21, 2020

Eric D. Randall
Editor-in-Chief

The state Board of Regents has adopted the state's first-ever K-12 Learning Standards for Computer Science and Digital Fluency.


TRS rate projected to stay steady or rise slightly

On Board Online • December 21, 2020

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

The state Teachers' Retirement System expects employer contribution rates to stay steady or rise slightly in 2021-22.


Applying neuroscience in the classroom

On Board Online • December 21, 2020

By Gayle Simidian
Research Analyst

You might be familiar with actress and comedian Goldie Hawn from her roles in films such as Private Benjamin (1980) or the 1987 version of Overboard, but over the past two decades she's focused on neuroscience and its applications in education.


Some school districts defund SROs while others view them as invaluable

On Board Online • November 30, 2020

By Pauline Liu
Special Correspondent

Last school year, a sheriff's deputy assigned to Sullivan BOCES cracked two cases involving men who contacted underage students through social media. Deputy Robert Cintron, 34, arrested each man after hearing about separate incidents either from a school counselor or the students themselves.

The cases might have gone unreported if Cintron had not been assigned as a school resource officer (SRO), according Cintron's supervisor, Sgt. Cheryl Crumley of the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.


Teachers create Bitmoji classrooms to offer warmer online experience

On Board Online • November 30, 2020

By George Basler
Special Correspondent

At Homer Brink Elementary School in the Maine-Endwell Central School District, all five third-grade teachers have created interactive virtual classrooms called Bitmoji classrooms. So have many other teachers in the Broome County district.

"It's a fun way to teach them at home," said elementary music teacher Jennifer Knecht. "It gets them excited about doing their work."

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