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Student journalism seen as a form of character education

On Board Online • April 23, 2018

By Alan Wechsler
Special Correspondent

At Plaza Elementary School on Long Island, young students are developing a nose for news. And, according to administrators in the Baldwin Public Schools, it's making them better people.

Six years ago the school launched Team ORCHID - it's a complicated acronym integrating such words as outstanding, courageous, helpful and dedicated - traits that the school wants to instill in these students.


Delaware Academy CSD at Delhi partners with SUNY Delhi for CTE programs

On Board Online • April 23, 2018

By George Basler
Special Correspondent

Cedar Eagleroad describes himself as a hands-on type of person. That's one reason the 18-year-old Delaware Academy senior is studying automotive technology in high school.

A well-regarded automotive program is available at a regional center run by the Delaware Chenango Madison Otsego BOCES. But that would require a 90-minute roundtrip bus ride.


Legal considerations when seeking to improve school security

On Board Online • April 23, 2018

By the New York Association of School Attorneys

In the wake of the school shooting in Parkland Fla., as well as other senseless acts of violence in our nation's schools, communities are demanding that school districts renew their focus on the complex issue of school safety and security, particularly the challenges associated with potential active shooter scenarios.

District-level efforts to address security require a multifaceted approach that involves listening to many different district constituencies and building strong relationships with contractors, local law enforcement and first responders. Any analysis of school security requires a look at, among other things, the district's infrastructure, visitor policies, exit and entrance protocols, technology, security personnel, social, mental and emotional health programs and emergency preparedness.


Commissioner warns district to avoid appearance of partisan impropriety

On Board Online • April 23, 2018

By Kimberly A. Fanniff
Senior Staff Counsel

In the weeks leading up to a school budget vote in 2017, principals in a Monroe County school district placed signs saying "Supporting our Public Schools" and "ACT for Education" in front of school buildings, including a high school that served as the district's single polling location.

A social media account associated with the school district said that such signs were available for purchase and provided contact information for the district's public relations coordinator.


Seven ways your district can engage parents

On Board Online • April 23, 2018

By Jason Franchuk
Special Correspondent

An engaged parent makes for a better student. But how can schools get parents to show up for school events?

Sure, serving food helps. So does providing child care.

We picked the brains of superintendents for their favorite engagement methods and heard about everything from "frequent visitor" prizes to encouraging attendance at basketball games.


Headline : District access to state aid increases to be subject to DOB, SED approval

On Board Online • April 23, 2018

By Julie M. Marlette
Director of Governmental Relations

The final enacted state budget included a proposal many feared but few thought would be included: a requirement that every school district report to the state the amount budgeted per pupil in each school building.

The reporting requirement will be phased in over three years. If a given district's report is found incomplete or noncompliant (or is not received), the district's state aid increase can be withheld until the report is deemed compliant by both the state Division of the Budget (DOB) and the State Education Department (SED).


Vaping woos a generation

On Board Online • April 23, 2018

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

The enticing whiff of rebellion that once drew many students to sneak their first cigarettes has faded over the last 20 years. But there's a new fad with the power to launch nicotine addiction: vaping.

A term referring to the use of devices that deliver flavored vapor to the lungs, vaping is wooing a new generation of teens who shun traditional cigarettes.


New student protests coming April 20

On Board Online • April 2, 2018

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

Grief, outrage and a determined sense of solidarity with the students of Parkland, Fla. have fueled a wave of activism by New York students.

Protests began on Wednesday, March 14, when students in about 200 local schools around New York held 17-minute vigils, walkouts and other events to mourn the loss of students and staff when a gunman attacked Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14.


Should schools be hardened? Or softened?

On Board Online • April 2, 2018

By Pauline Liu
Special Correspondent

In the wake of deadly shootings in Parkland Fla., school districts are re-examining "target hardening," a police and military term for using architecture, technology and procedures to make it more difficult for an intruder to gain entry to a school building.

"We can always do more to harden our buildings," John Perrino, president of the Middletown school board told On Board. The district already has more than 700 surveillance cameras to help keep its 7,000 students safe.


It's okay to be different

On Board Online • April 2, 2018

By William Miller
NYSSBA President

As school board members, we care about every child in our schools. But we have a special obligation to care about students with special needs.

April is Autism Awareness Month, so let's start there. Autism is present in virtually all of our schools and many of our families, including mine.

Stephen M. Shore, an education professor at Adelphi University, has said, "If you've met one individual with autism, you've met one individual with autism." He was referring to the fact that there is a great variety in the nature and severity of symptoms or behaviors associated with autism, which is why autism symptoms are often described as falling on a spectrum.

 


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