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FOR RELEASE: April 7, 2020

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 320-2221 cell

@nyschoolboards

Students across New York State can breathe a collective sigh of relief. The State Education Department has cancelled Regents exams for June 2020 – and rightfully so. No student should be denied course credit or a high school diploma or otherwise penalized due to these extraordinary circumstances. Guidance issued by the State Education Department focuses on ensuring learning outcomes and standards, rather than on testing. In our view, that is the proper focus.

Teachers and administrators are making every effort to deliver instruction, and should be applauded for that. At the same time, it would be unrealistic to expect that all students are receiving equal opportunities for instruction under the current circumstances. 

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FOR RELEASE: April 3, 2020

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 320-2221 cell

@nyschoolboards

The new state budget offers level funding for public education, at least for now, which is probably about the best school districts could have hoped for at a time when the state faces a potential $15 billion budget deficit.

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FOR RELEASE: March 20, 2020

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 office (518) 320-2221 cell

@nyschoolboards

The New York State School Boards Association is urging candidates for their local boards of education not to go door-to-door in order to collect signatures on their petitions to get on the ballot for school board elections this May.

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FOR RELEASE: March 5, 2020

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 office (518) 320-2221 cell

@nyschoolboards

Two-thirds of school board members said they need additional support or guidance from state and local health officials in preparing for a possible coronavirus outbreak, according to a poll by the New York State School Boards Association.

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FOR RELEASE: February 28, 2020

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 office (518) 320-2221 cell

@nyschoolboards

The New York State School Boards Association has updated its popular School Board Member Experience website for 2020 with an expanded collection of resources for New Yorkers seeking to learn more about school board service.

The user-friendly site offers a virtual journey from the decision to run for school board through the first year of service.

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FOR RELEASE: February 20, 2020

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 office (518) 320-2221 cell

@nyschoolboards

An accurate 2020 census count is crucial to helping New York obtain its fair share of education funding from the federal government over the next decade, according to a new report by the New York State School Boards Association.

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FOR RELEASE: February 20, 2020

CONTACT: John Yagielski, ECB Chair
(518) 810-8282

@nyschoolboards

The Educational Conference Board (ECB) will hold a briefing for legislators, legislative staff and media on Friday, February 21st, to discuss the governor’s Executive Budget and the needs of students, educators and public schools. The briefing will take place from 10 a.m. to noon in Room 711-A of the Legislative Office Building in Albany.

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FOR RELEASE: February 5, 2020

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 office (518) 527-6933 cell

@nyschoolboards

Who:    More than 200 school board members and education officials 

What:   New York State School Boards Association annual "Capital Conference." 
New York State Interim Education Commissioner Shannon Tahoe will discuss key issues facing New York’s schoolchildren; Governor Cuomo's Deputy Secretary of Education Daniel Fuller will review the executive budget proposals and Senate Education Chair Shelley Mayer will discuss legislative and budgetary priorities.

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FOR RELEASE: January 21, 2020

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 office (518) 320-2221 cell

@nyschoolboards

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed $826 million increase in school aid represents a starting point for negotiations with the state Legislature, though the proposal represents less than half of the estimated $2 billion school districts need to maintain educational programs and expand learning opportunities.

We are particularly encouraged by the governor’s mention of additional funding for prekindergarten, afterschool programs, and early college high school programs, as well as his aggressive efforts to protect students from the health consequences associated with vaping.

 

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FOR RELEASE: January 16, 2020

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 office (518) 527-6933 cell

@nyschoolboards

We are pleased to see the continued improvement in student achievement reflected in the growth in high school graduation rates announced today by the State Education Department. Also encouraging is the continued progress in narrowing the gap in graduation rates between white students and their black, Hispanic, disabled and English language learner peers. 

 

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