Research Briefs

Stand Up and Be Counted

Thursday, January 30, 2020



The 2020 Census has significant implications for public schools. A new NYSSBA report, titled “Stand Up and Be Counted,” details why an accurate census count is critical to school funding and explores challenges involved in reaching hard-to-count populations. It also offers suggestions for how school board members in New York can help ensure an accurate count in their communities.

(Estimated reading time 15 minutes).

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Armed security, school resource officers…What’s right for your district?

Monday, December 2, 2019



To have or not have armed security? That’s a hotly contested topic and the research shows mixed results. Read NYSSBA’s latest report on the pros and cons of armed security in schools.

(Estimated Reading Time: 15 minutes)



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Create a bully-free environment at your school

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

CoverBullying is a pervasive problem especially in schools. NYSSBA’s new report offers school board members and school administrators insight into why students bully, the effects of bullying and what pedagogical tools and professional development opportunities can help eradicate bullying and foster kindness.

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Finding substitute teachers a challenge for New York school districts

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

CoverSchools rely on substitutes to fill in when regular teachers are out of the classroom. Nearly 96% of superintendents reported difficulty finding substitutes, according to a June 2019 NYSSBA survey. This presents a serious challenge for school boards and administrators. When a substitute teacher lacks a strong command of the subject matter, or when no substitute can be found at all, student learning is disrupted. Learn about the factors involved in finding subs and what school districts are doing to alleviate the problem.

Read the Report (Estimated reading time: 15 minutes)



High Schools Adjust Strategies to Meet Higher Education’s Growing Challenges

Friday, June 14, 2019

CoverDeclining enrollment, low graduation rates and financial problems are plaguing many of today’s higher education institutions. This research report offers best practices to ensure that high school students experience a smooth transition to the next phase of their learning.


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(2 pages)


School districts struggle to find English language learner instructors

Friday, May 3, 2019

CoverSchool districts in New York are struggling to find teachers for English language learners, due to increased numbers of English language learners and recent changes in state regulations. According to a NYSSBA survey, 52% of superintendents with non-native English speakers in their schools reported having difficulty over the past year recruiting and hiring teachers specifically trained to instruct those students. This report explores the challenges schools face and offers some practical solutions.


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(2 pages)


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