STATE AND FEDERAL NEWS: COMMISSIONER KING TO LEAVE NYSED – ADVOCACY ALERT
NYS EDUCATION COMMISSIONER JOHN B. KING, JR. TO TAKE US DOE POST
Late yesterday, the New York State Education Department announced that State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. will step down at the end of this year. Beginning in January, he will serve as a Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.
The Board of Regents will form a search committee and begin the work of selecting a new permanent leader for the department next week. Executive Deputy Commissioner Elizabeth Berlin will serve as the interim commissioner. She will share leadership duties with Deputy Commissioner for Curriculum, Assessment, & Education Technology, Ken Wagner.
NYSSBA offers Commissioner King congratulations on his appointment and looks forward to working with Interim Commissioner Berlin.
For statements on the leadership transition from NYSSBA, NYSED and US DOE see below:
Statement of NYSSBA’s Executive Director, Timothy G. Kremer
Statement of the New York State Education Department
Statement of the U.S. Department of Education
FEDERAL APPROPRIATIONS BILL RELEASED
Late Tuesday night, text for the appropriations bill for federal FY 2015 was released. A vote on the bill could be as early as today. However, a 2:00 p.m. vote has already been postponed. Analysis of the full continuing resolution (CR) is underway, but several items of immediate interest to school districts jumped to the forefront:
- The CR includes $14 million to support grants for school districts that have seen significant increases in the enrollment of unaccompanied minors, placed with sponsors in 2014. This money can be used for supplemental academic and non-academic services.
- The CR includes modest increases to key formula programs; approximately $25 million in additional funding will be available for IDEA, as well as an additional $25 million for Title I.
- The CR includes flexibility language to allow additional local control over school improvement plans.
- The CR includes flexibility for states and school districts in the implementation of the new school meal standards.
View the NSBA’s Fiscal Year 2015 Funding Update
NYSSBA’s governmental relations team will continue to work with our partners at NSBA to analyze the bill and provide you with additional information as quickly as possible.
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