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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


Bob Schneider tapped to become NYSSBA's next executive director

On Board Online • October 14, 2019

By Eric D. Randall
Editor-in-Chief

NYSSBA's Board of Directors has announced that it will promote Robert S. Schneider, currently associate executive director and chief operating officer, to become executive director on Jan. 1. He will succeed Timothy G. Kremer, who will retire at the end of this year after 21 years leading NYSSBA.

Schneider, 57, said some of his priorities will be:

  • Building a strong relationship with the next state commissioner of education.
  • Ensuring that school boards always feel that they are receiving a great deal of value for their dues, including forms of information, advocacy (including legal advocacy), training and policy guidance that cannot be obtained elsewhere.
  • Being future-oriented, anticipating challenges and ensuring that NYSSBA is "ahead of the curve" in providing resources that school districts will need to achieve their goals, including those involving student achievement.


Make shift happen

On Board Online • October 14, 2019

Timothy G. Kremer
NYSSBA Executive Director

I still have a couple of months before I retire, but my remaining duties just got a whole lot easier. As you read on the front page of this issue of On Board, NYSSBA's Board of Directors has selected Bob Schneider as our next executive director. Bob and I have worked together for 20 years, so he is intimately familiar with NYSSBA's mission, processes, structure, staffing, capacity and potential. For all of us, this should be the smoothest transition ever.

Bob has worked mostly behind the scenes at NYSSBA to handle financial and operational matters. Some of you have met him at NYSSBA events, but many haven't. That's okay. I remember being "Tim Who?" for quite a while after I moved to New York from Ohio 21 years ago. Trust has to be earned, and I feel as if it took me a long time to gain the confidence of the NYSSBA board, staff and statewide membership.


Districts may seek APPR variances

On Board Online • October 14, 2019

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

The State Education Department is creating a process that will enable school districts to seek variances from some regulatory restraints of New York's teacher and principal evaluation system.

In a nutshell, districts will be able to ask for permission to use approaches that are not strictly in line with regulatory language.


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