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'Sextortion' threatens students, claims lives

On Board Online • June 14, 2021

By Pauline Liu
Special Correspondent

School districts in St. Lawrence County are reeling from the deaths of two high school students after they were separately tricked into providing embarrassing photos to strangers on the internet and faced threats of blackmail.


Voter turnout drops 67%

On Board Online • June 14, 2021

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

Voter turnout for 2021-22 school budgets decreased sharply from a year ago, when school budget votes and school board elections were conducted exclusively by absentee ballot per an executive order by the governor.


Education experts discuss state efforts to boost civics education in NYS schools

On Board Online • June 14, 2021

By Chris Carola
Special Correspondent

As American political culture has become more divisive and incivility more common, civics education must be improved, according to speakers at a live virtual mini-conference hosted by NYSSBA on May 19.


New York State Crisis Text Line could be a lifesaver this fall

On Board Online • June 14, 2021

By Eric D. Randall
Editor-in-Chief

Ever heard of the New York State Crisis Text Line? It offers free, anonymous, 24/7 crisis counselor support via students' favorite communication method - texting.


2021 Annual Business Meeting to be virtual

On Board Online • May 24, 2021

By Brian Fessler
Director of Governmental Relations

NYSSBA's 2021 Annual Business Meeting will be held in a virtual format on Monday, Oct. 18, a week prior to NYSSBA's in-person Annual Convention in New York City (Oct. 24-26).


99 percent of school budgets approved

On Board Online • May 24, 2021

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

Voters across the state approved more than 99% of school spending plans when they went to the polls on May 18.


Rooting for the Seal of Civic Readiness

On Board Online • May 24, 2021

Fred Langstaff
NYSSBA President

I was educated in public schools, as were my wife, our children and my two grandchildren. As a young man, I served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Much of my pre-retirement career was spent working for what was known as a "public utility" (the telephone company). I am a voter and a taxpayer. For many years, I have been privileged to serve on a school board, and I am an active advocate in Albany and Washington, D.C. on issues of public and social policy that matter to me.


Regents, SED provide new resources for DEI initiatives

On Board Online • May 24, 2021

By Eric D. Randall
Editor-in-Chief

At its May meeting, the state Board of Regents unanimously approved a policy statement on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)...


NYSSBA advocacy addresses health administration issue

On Board Online • May 24, 2021

By Caroline Bobick
Senior Governmental Relations Representative
and
Danielle Grasso
Grassroots Advocacy Manager

School nurses can spend significant amounts of time updating student immunization data in their districts' health information systems.


NYSSBA Twitter reaches 10,000 followers

On Board Online • May 24, 2021

By Eric D. Randall
Editor-in-Chief

NYSSBA's Twitter account, @nyschoolboards, reached 10,000 followers this month.

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