Violence, threats at school board meetings do not appear to be widespread throughout the state

FOR RELEASE: October 19, 2021

The vast majority (80%) of school board members in New York State have not experienced or witnessed violent acts or threats of violence against school officials at a school board meeting over the past 12 months, according to a poll by the New York State School Boards Association.


Attorney general to talk to TikTok about 'devious licks' viral trend

On Board Online • October 18, 2021

By Eric D. Randall
Editor-in-Chief

The office of Attorney General Letitia James plans to contact TikTok over concerns about the "devious licks" trend linked to school vandalism and physical attacks on teachers.


NYS launches consumer survey of internet speeds

On Board Online • October 18, 2021

By Alicia Gené Artessa
Governmental Relations Representative

Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced the launch of a consumer survey of internet speeds as part of a statewide broadband mapping study.


Some BOCES see CTE enrollments grow by double digit percentages

On Board Online • October 18, 2021

By George Basler
Special Correspondent

BOCES across the state are seeing increasing enrollments in career and technical education programs even as overall enrollments in some counties decline.


NYSSBA statement in response to Department of Justice memo regarding threats against school board members and staff

FOR RELEASE: October 5, 2021

NYSSBA thanks the U.S. Attorney General’s office for taking swift action to ensure that school boards, school administrators, teachers and staff throughout the country are protected against threats, intimidation and harassment.


Nation's political and cultural divides take toll on school board members

On Board Online • September 27, 2021

By Pauline Liu
Special Correspondent

Anger and threats expressed by members of the public at school board meetings across the nation have prompted some trustees to quit while others are asking police to protect their homes.


Virtual Open Meetings Law reauthorized

On Board Online • September 27, 2021

By John Daley
Governmental Relations Representative

On Sept. 2, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed the bill package that resulted from early September's extraordinary session of the Legislature. Included in this package was a reauthorization of the ability of school boards and other local governments to meet virtually under the Open Meetings Law.


ERS rate to fall

On Board Online • September 27, 2021

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

The rate school districts will have to pay to the state Employees' Retirement System will fall sharply in 2022-23 compared with the 2021-22 rate, the state comptroller's office announced.


Addressing teachers' anxiety seen as priority

On Board Online • September 27, 2021

By Merri Rosenberg
Special Correspondent

After a year of making adjustments to remote and hybrid teaching, teachers are facing a whole new set of challenges this fall.


Population fell in 57% of school districts since 2010, according to U.S. Census data

On Board Online • September 27, 2021

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

Nearly six in 10 school districts across New York saw their total residential populations decrease between 2010 and 2020, according to a NYSSBA analysis of the recently released 2020 U.S. Census data.

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