On Board Online December 16 2019


School districts becoming pronoun-savvy for transgender and questioning students

On Board Online • December 16, 2019

By George Basler
Special Correspondent

Malcolm Greenspun came out as transgender to his parents when he was in eighth grade. When he entered Ithaca High School as a freshman this fall, he asked teachers and administrators to call him by his new first name.


Parting thoughts

On Board Online • December 16, 2019

Timothy G. Kremer
NYSSBA Executive Director

At the end of this month, I retire. I approach this change with a sense of nostalgia, because working with and for school boards has been very rewarding.

Throughout my 40 years in this business, I have never lost sight of the fact that school boards are principally decision-making bodies, and that what they need most from their association is information to assist them in making well-informed local decisions. My colleagues and I are committed to delivering relevant, accurate and timely information, when it is most needed, in a format that is easily accessible.

A second principle that has guided me is our members need to know NYSSBA cares about them.


Regents: Let's study revising aid formula

On Board Online • December 16, 2019

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

The Board of Regents is proposing an intensive review of New York's 12-year-old foundation aid formula, along with a $2 billion overall aid boost in 2020-21.

The proposal includes $1.2 million for the State Education Department to review the foundation aid formula and investigate potential changes to improve its effectiveness.


SED issues guidance on 'equitable course access'

On Board Online • December 16, 2019

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

To encourage more diversity among students who take advanced classes in subjects such as calculus, physics and music, the State Education Department is recommending less restrictive prerequisites, more tutoring and providing parents with information in languages other than English


Ken-Ton BOE president Jill O'Malley invents 'Closet' to address local poverty

On Board Online • December 16, 2019

By Pauline Liu
Special Correspondent

When Rose Izard of Western New York needed warm coats for her four children this winter, she skipped the malls and headed for the Ken-Ton Closet, a volunteer-run, nonprofit facility that operates out of former school building in the Kenmore-Tonawanda Central School District.