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More than 98% of school budgets approved

On Board Online • June 29, 2020

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

Despite an economic recession and other stresses during the coronavirus pandemic, voters across the state approved more than 98% of school spending plans this year, according to a NYSSBA analysis.

Of the 675 budgets put before voters, 664 budgets passed - an approval rate of 98.4%. Eleven budgets were defeated.


How do you lead a chorus during a pandemic?

On Board Online • June 29, 2020

By Kathleen Moore
Special Correspondent

Teachers of subjects such as art, music, technology and physical education had an especially difficult job during the school building shutdown from March 18 through the end of the school year in June.

For instance, videoconferencing is not appropriate for group singing or group musical performances.


This June, every HS graduation will be unique

On Board Online • June 8, 2020

By Sal Prividera
Special Correspondent

Get ready for pomp and unusual circumstances.

Since Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on May 1 that school buildings would remain shuttered for the rest of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, school officials have been scrambling to create alternatives to traditional commencement ceremonies.


Protests may fuel ed equity efforts

On Board Online • June 8, 2020

By Eric D. Randall
Editor-in-Chief

As the nation mourns the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and protesters call for defunding of police, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and some superintendents are calling for attention to the underlying issue of fairness in American society, including school systems.


What 'reimagining education' means to me

On Board Online • June 8, 2020

Robert S. Schneider
NYSSBA Executive Director

It is important that the voices of the education community be heard when our state government makes decisions involving public education. Exhibit One: the costly and cumbersome school budget vote and board election process imposed by the governor's executive order. It is critical that state level policymakers hear - loudly and clearly - the voice of school board members and other stakeholders before they make decisions that affect schools.


Diversity, inclusivity and purchasing policies: Are your spending decisions aligned?

On Board Online • June 8, 2020

By Kendra McQuilton

In light of the George Floyd protests, your school board may be re-examining district efforts involving diversity and inclusion. Have you considered your district's dealings with businesses?

The average school district spends 11% of its budget on purchased services, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.


U.S. DOE issues final Title IX regulations

On Board Online • June 8, 2020

By Kate Gaffney
Senior Staff Counsel

The U.S. Department of Education recently issued final Title IX regulations that for the first time codify rules specifically pertaining to sexual harassment. The regulations serve to implement Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments - a federal civil rights statute which prohibits school districts, as recipients of federal funding, from engaging in practices or activities that discriminate on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment.


Q&A on procedures for addressing allegations of sexual harassment

On Board Online • June 8, 2020

By Kate Gaffney
Senior Staff Counsel

The questions and answers below provide an overview of the regulatory process for reporting, investigating and making determinations regarding allegations of sexual harassment.

Generally, districts have an overall responsibility to address allegations of sexual harassment in accordance with the final Title IX regulations going into effect on Aug. 14, 2020.


Maslow before Bloom: Love becomes educational strategy during COVID-19

On Board Online • May 18, 2020

By Jeffrey S. Handelman
Director of Human Resources and Operations

With schools physically shuttered but still responsible for educating students for the remainder of the year, it is essential that students feel valued and connected to their schools, according to the authors of books on school culture. You might call it the strategy of love.

On Twitter, educators across the nation have been encouraging each other to show love for students in postings using the hashtag #MaslowBeforeBloom.


My message to the Class of 2020

On Board Online • May 18, 2020

Fred Langstaff
NYSSBA President

While we often say that hindsight is 20/20, we do not need to wait for the passage of time to know that this year's graduating seniors are living in historic times.

With schools closed through the end of the academic year, seniors and their families have had to accept the fact that many cherished, once-in-a-lifetime events - the senior prom, special ceremonies, and, yes, commencement - cannot take place as usual in the midst of a global public health crisis.


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