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Supreme Court abandons 50-year-old test on what unconstitutionally advances religion

On Board Online • July 18, 2022

By Jay Worona
Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel

A U.S. Supreme Court decision handed down on June 27 is likely to leave school leaders with more confusion than clarity regarding the constitutional rights of school employees to express their religious beliefs in a school setting.

 

New state map shows which locations need access to high speed internet

On Board Online • July 18, 2022

By Matt DeLaus
Governmental Relations Intern

The state Public Service Commission (PSC) has released an interactive map that provides the most comprehensive view ever of broadband access across the state.

Punishing students for speech often backfires

On Board Online • July 18, 2022

By Bo Malin-Mayor

Since the 1969 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, student-speech cases have most commonly turned on the distinction between disruptive (punishable) and nondisruptive (not punishable) speech.

Incumbents make up majority of those taking seats this month on boards of education

FOR RELEASE: July 12, 2022

As newly elected school board members take their oath of office this month, the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) is providing an analysis of the results of the board elections, which were held this year on May 17.

Governor signs criminal threat bill

On Board Online • June 27, 2022

By John Daley
Governmental Relations Representative

Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed into law a bill that creates a new crime known as "making a threat of mass harm." The bill, now Chapter 206 of the Laws of 2022, was sponsored by Sen. Todd Kaminsky and Assemblymember Monica Wallace.

18 NYSSBA-supported bills pass

On Board Online • June 27, 2022

By Brian Fessler
Director of Governmental Relations

As the sun rose on a Saturday morning in early June, members of the state Assembly were nearing the end of a 20-plus hour marathon legislative session.

Three PILOT bills approved by Legislature

On Board Online • June 27, 2022

By Matt DeLaus
Governmental Relations Intern

Three bills passed by both houses of the state Legislature promise to increase transparency of payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) agreements issued by Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs).

6 of 7 budgets pass in revote

On Board Online • June 27, 2022

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

Six of the seven districts that held school budget revotes because their initial spending plans were defeated in May had revised spending plans approved on June 21.

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