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Shannon Tahoe appointed acting education commissioner

On Board Online • November 25, 2019

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

The Board of Regents has named New York's second acting education commissioner since Commissioner MaryEllen Elia stepped down at the end of August.

Shannon Tahoe, also the State Education Department's acting deputy commissioner for legal affairs, was tapped to take on the additional duties of acting commissioner, effective Nov. 16. That was the day after Interim Commissioner Beth Berlin departed to accept another position outside of the department.


How to have a difficult conversation

On Board Online • November 25, 2019

By Mark Snyder
Leadership Development Manager

If you are a school board member, you probably are going to be part of some difficult conversations. And if you are a school board president, it is virtually certain that you are going to be part of some difficult conversations.

Discussions with angry parents, post-evaluation meetings with the superintendent, and conflict with other board members (or mediating such conflicts) are just a few examples. Keys to success in these challenging circumstances include being prepared and remaining calm.


Two-thirds of NYS high schools start before 8 a.m.

On Board Online • November 25, 2019

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

Most high schools in New York start the instructional day before 8 a.m., the time at which a growing number of research studies say students should just be waking up, according to an analysis by Start Schools Later, a group that advocates for later school starting times.

The analysis found that 66% of high schools begin their first period or home room before 8 a.m., while 13.5% begin before 7:30. Three percent of high schools start at 8:30 or later. The average start time is 7:48, with dismissal at 2:35.


Issue of teen dating violence has implications for school districts

On Board Online • November 25, 2019

By Mary Williams-Noi
Policy Consultant

School boards have a duty to ensure that policies are conducive to a positive school environment, and that may require addressing issues related to teen dating violence.

Dating violence is defined as a pattern of behaviors used to exert power or control over a dating partner. A form of domestic abuse (or "intimate partner violence"), teen dating violence can include a broad range of abusive behaviors such as hitting, kicking, stalking, verbal abuse, unsolicited sexting, and "revenge porn" (where intimate images are shared without consent).


7 takeaways from U.S. Secret Service report on targeted school violence

On Board Online • November 25, 2019

By Eric D. Randall
Editor-in-Chief

While "there is no profile of a school attacker," some patterns are evident in attacks between 2008 and 2017, according to the first comprehensive government analysis of school violence since 2002.

Protecting America's Schools: A U.S. Secret Service Analysis of Targeted School Violence analyzes 41 incidents of targeted school violence in the U.S.


Delegates support regulation of vaping

On Board Online • November 4, 2019

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

Delegates at NYSSBA's 2019 Annual Business Meeting approved a resolution directing the New York State School Boards Association to support legislative action to regulate the consumption, manufacturing, distribution and advertisement of vaping products.

Delegates also approved a resolution to support legislation that would increase the penalties against any business that sells vaping products to any person who is underage.


Association leaders elected

On Board Online • November 4, 2019

At NYSSBA's Annual Business Meeting, held in conjunction with the 100th Annual Convention & Education Expo in Rochester, Fred Langstaff of Suffolk County was elected president with a one-year term beginning Jan. 1.

Langstaff has been a member of Eastern Suffolk BOCES Board since 1998 and the board's clerk since 2003. Previously, he served nine years on the Sayville School Board.


Rosa, Brown discuss SED leadership loss

On Board Online • November 4, 2019

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

Local school district leaders attending a session billed as "A Conversation with the Chancellor" at NYSSBA's 100th Annual Convention & Education Expo in Rochester expressed concern about a recent exodus of high-level staff from the State Education Department.

"It's always sad and unfortunate when you lose quality people," Vice Chancellor T. Andrew Brown said as he answered a question about how the Regents will respond to the recent spate of losses.


Boards urged to promote inclusivity

On Board Online • November 4, 2019

By Eric D. Randall
Editor-in-Chief

Prejudice is interfering with both socialization and academic achievement of school children, a psychology professor from the University of Rochester told attendees at NYSSBA's 100th Annual Convention & Education Expo.

Adolescents and younger children are both the victims and perpetrators of interpersonal forms of discrimination, said Lauren Elenbaas, who has spent the last 10 years studying the phenomenon.


Wither football? Fewer players, smaller teams

On Board Online • October 14, 2019

By Kathleen Moore
Special Correspondent

Students are participating in fewer sports, especially football, according to the latest statewide participation figures.

Boys' overall participation is down 3% over the last four years, according to the annual participation surveys by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. The surveys also found a slight decrease in girls' participation on sports te


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