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Should 'equity' become an organizing principle for your school district?

On Board Online • May 28, 2018

By Eric D. Randall
Editor-in-Chief

On the issue of whether students from all backgrounds and races are treated fairly, schools in New York State have a long way to go, according to speakers at a NYSSBA summit meeting on "Equity and Opportunity for Every Student" in New York City on May 3.

College professors and other experts analyzed undesirable racial patterns that they said have persisted for too long, including the well-documented "achievement gap" in which white and Asian students in New York State consistently outperform black and Hispanic students by about 20 percentage points.


Commissioner upholds 4-month suspension for student with 'kill list'

On Board Online • May 28, 2018

By Kimberly A. Fanniff
Senior Staff Attorney

A four-month suspension for a student who sent a group text message about wanting to kill three classmates was recently upheld by the commissioner of education. The commissioner determined the length of the suspension was not disproportionate to the offense despite the student lacking a significant prior disciplinary record.

In Appeal of M.B and A.W., a principal who became aware of the text message alerted the boy's parents that they should keep their son home while school officials performed an investigation. The principal later met with the student and his father and showed them the group text message, which the student admitted sending.


My Brother's Keeper

On Board Online • May 28, 2018

MaryEllen Elia
Commissioner of Education

We have all heard the rhetorical question, "Am I my brother's keeper?" That inquiry, with biblical origins, has come to symbolize the unwillingness of some to accept responsibility for the welfare of their fellow man. Last month, students, educators, and community activists from around the state answered that age-old question with a resounding "yes."

In April, more than 600 participants arrived in Albany for the New York State My Brother's Keeper Symposium. They came to discuss New York's young, but flourishing, "MBK" program - a program whose goal is to ensure that boys and young men of color are given opportunities to succeed in school and in life.


Does your board need a policy on Pooperintendents?

On Board Online • May 28, 2018

By Courtney Sanik
Senior Policy Consultant

You've probably heard about the New Jersey superintendent who was arrested on April 30 after a surveillance operation allegedly caught him defecating and/or urinating on the football field and track of his district's high school. (Google "pooperintendent" if you haven't.)

You will be relieved to know that we very serious people who work in NYSSBA Policy Services will not let this story go without finding a wee bit of wisdom to pass on regarding your board's responsibilities to have policies regarding use of school facilities.


Student's cancer prognosis prompts school to hold honorary diploma ceremony

On Board Online • May 28, 2018

By Pauline Liu
Special Correspondent

In January, Shenendehowa High School student Jacob Monday made the decision to discontinue treatment for bone cancer. He had learned that the cancer had spread to his lungs, and the prognosis had become terminal. The 16-year-old sophomore from Ballston Lake had battled the disease known as osteosarcoma for nearly two years.

"He was very upset," his mother, Barbara Williams, told On Board. "It's heartbreaking when you're told that it's back in less than a month."


Avon's Welch named NYSSBA's Champion for Change

On Board Online • May 28, 2018

By Eric D. Randall
Editor-in-Chief

Julie Welch, who has sparked a "growth mindset" on the Avon school board, has been named the 2018 recipient of the New York State School Boards Association Champion for Change Award.

The award is presented to an individual who is serving in their first five years as a school board member and demonstrates leadership by enhancing educational opportunities for all students


IRS Indicates Intent to Address Charitable Funds

May 24, 2018

Yesterday, the Internal Revenue Service issued a notice indicating that regulations would be forthcoming to address the deductibility of state and local tax payments for federal income tax purposes, including addressing the federal deductibility of payments and donations to new entities in exchange for a tax credit against state or local taxes owed.

This announcement appears to be in direct response to states that have or plan to authorize state and local charitable funds to support education and healthcare. New York adopted such a proposal as a part of the state budget, and guidance on the creation of such funds was released just last week


School Budget Turnout Drops by 50,000 Voters

FOR RELEASE: May 22, 2018

 

 

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

@nyschoolboards

Voter turnout for last week’s school budget votes plummeted by more than 50,000 from a year ago – the lowest total since the inception of the tax cap in 2012, according to a New York State School Boards Association analysis of State Education Department data.

The total number of votes cast statewide in 2018 school budget votes was 505,075, compared to 557,642 in 2017 – a drop of 52,567.


NYSSBA to host 2030 education summits

FOR RELEASE: May 18, 2018

 

 

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

@nyschoolboards
#education2030summit

Photo, video and interview opportunities

What:
  A series of summits focused on what education will look like in 2030. Guest speakers and stakeholders will discuss how education needs to evolve in order to prepare students for success in the year 2030. The summits are geared toward school board members, administrators, educators, parents, students and community members.

Who:

  • Tim Kremer, Executive Director, New York State School Boards Association
  • MaryEllen Elia, New York State Education Commissioner
  • Bill Daggett, Ed.D., Founder and Chairman, International Center for Leadership in Education
  • A presenter from IBM will demonstrate the Teacher Advisor with Watson program.
  • A ‘Digital Skills’ program will be presented with a representative from Microsoft about empowering students to be future-ready.


Statewide, overall school budget passage rate dips slightly to 97.6 percent; Steep decline in override passage rate

FOR RELEASE: May 16, 2018

 

 

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

@nyschoolboards

New York State voters approved 97.6 percent of school district budgets on Tuesday, May 15, according to an analysis by the New York State School Boards Association. That's down slightly from 99.3 percent in 2017.

"School boards and their leadership teams put together budgets that were fiscally restrained yet responsive to the needs of their communities," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. "For example, in response to community concerns about school safety, many school boards allocated funding for school resources officers..."


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