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Nation's political and cultural divides take toll on school board members

On Board Online • September 27, 2021

By Pauline Liu
Special Correspondent

Anger and threats expressed by members of the public at school board meetings across the nation have prompted some trustees to quit while others are asking police to protect their homes.


Virtual Open Meetings Law reauthorized

On Board Online • September 27, 2021

By John Daley
Governmental Relations Representative

On Sept. 2, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed the bill package that resulted from early September's extraordinary session of the Legislature. Included in this package was a reauthorization of the ability of school boards and other local governments to meet virtually under the Open Meetings Law.


ERS rate to fall

On Board Online • September 27, 2021

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

The rate school districts will have to pay to the state Employees' Retirement System will fall sharply in 2022-23 compared with the 2021-22 rate, the state comptroller's office announced.


Addressing teachers' anxiety seen as priority

On Board Online • September 27, 2021

By Merri Rosenberg
Special Correspondent

After a year of making adjustments to remote and hybrid teaching, teachers are facing a whole new set of challenges this fall.


Population fell in 57% of school districts since 2010, according to U.S. Census data

On Board Online • September 27, 2021

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

Nearly six in 10 school districts across New York saw their total residential populations decrease between 2010 and 2020, according to a NYSSBA analysis of the recently released 2020 U.S. Census data.


83 districts accept offer of free cameras to stream footage of sports contests

On Board Online • September 6, 2021

By Raymond Drumsta
Special Correspondent

Free cameras installed in the Belfast Central School District in Allegany County to capture sports action have impressed Wendy Butler, superintendent and athletic director.


School remembrance ceremonies to honor 20th anniversary of 9/11

On Board Online • September 6, 2021

By Sal Prividera
Special Correspondent

On Sept. 11, 2021, Americans will mark the 20th anniversary of the horrific attacks on our country in New York City, Washington and on Flight 93. Throughout New York State, school districts will commemorate the day through solemn community event


Appellate court dismisses suit against district in alleged sexual assault involving two students

On Board Online • September 6, 2021

By Shubh N. McTague
Staff Counsel

The Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court, Fourth Department, recently dismissed a case against a school district for negligent supervision after a male student sexually assaulted a female student while they were alone in a classroom.


Amid concerns about behavior of fans, game officials could be in short supply

On Board Online • August 16, 2021

By Chris Carola
Special Correspondent

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) has launched a campaign to stave off a potential shortage of officials available for all levels of competition.


TRS contribution rate edges up to 9.8%

On Board Online • August 16, 2021

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

School districts will see an increase in their contribution rates to the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) for the 2021-22 school

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