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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.


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.


Edward McCormick of Arlington Central and Dutchess BOCES Boards of Education wins NYSSBA’s highest award

FOR RELEASE: September 17, 2021

Edward L. McCormick, the longtime president of the Dutchess BOCES board and member of the board of Arlington Central School district, will be recognized with the New York State School Boards Association’s highest honor for school board service.


Learning loss, mental health will be primary concerns in upcoming school year

FOR RELEASE: August 31, 2021

As the 2021-22 school year begins, New York schools will need to address learning loss and assess student well-being after more than a year of remote learning, according to a new report from the New York State School Boards Association. 


Statement of New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Robert Schneider on the resignation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

FOR RELEASE: August 10, 2021

We join in the disappointment that all New Yorkers have felt following recent allegations and revelations about the conduct of Governor Andrew Cuomo and members of his administration.


Statement from NYSSBA Executive Director Robert Schneider on the End of the 2021 Legislative Session

FOR RELEASE: June 11, 2021

NYSSBA thanks state lawmakers for their attention during the 2021 legislative session to the needs of New York’s students and the countless operating challenges faced by school districts during the pandemic.


School Boards Association reports overall 99.2% school budget passage rate

FOR RELEASE: May 19, 2021

New York voters approved 99.2% of school district budgets on Tuesday, May 18, according to preliminary results compiled by the New York State School Boards Association.


Statement from NYSSBA Executive Director Robert Schneider on NYS Budget Agreement

FOR RELEASE: April 7, 2021

NYSSBA appreciates the commitment to our students’ ongoing educational needs – as well as the extraordinary needs brought on by the global pandemic – shown in the 2021-22 budget approved by the governor and the state Legislature.


Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Robert Schneider on CDC school guidelines

FOR RELEASE: March 19, 2021

Today’s announcement by the Centers for Disease Control, as well a similar announcement earlier this week by the World Health Organization, that three feet of separation between students in classrooms is sufficient to ensure their safety, rather than the previous guidance of six feet, offers greater flexibility for school districts to accommodate parents who want to see their children back in school.


Statement of New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Robert Schneider on passage of the $1.9 Trillion American Rescue Plan

FOR RELEASE: March 10, 2021

School districts can look ahead with renewed confidence that they will be able to deliver for their students in the coming year and beyond, thanks to today’s passage of the American Rescue Plan.

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