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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.


Pandemic highlights inequities produced by digital divide

FOR RELEASE: February 23, 2021

The "digital divide" – a common term for the lack of internet access and technological devices for K-12 students – is especially consequential during the pandemic when students are remote learning, according to a new report by the New York Educational Conference Board (ECB), a coalition of seven statewide educational organizations.


Statement from NYSSBA Executive Director Robert Schneider on the permanent appointment of Dr. Betty Rosa as Commissioner of Education

FOR RELEASE: February 8, 2021

NYSSBA is pleased to congratulate Betty Rosa on her selection today as state Education Commissioner


Statement of New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Robert Schneider on the State Budget Proposal

FOR RELEASE: January 19, 2021

Governor Cuomo presented a budget proposal – or actually, two proposals – today that includes a lot of unknowns and uncertainty for school districts.


Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Robert Schneider on graduation rates for the 2016 cohort (2020 graduates)

FOR RELEASE: January 14, 2021

The release of graduation rate data for students who entered high school in 2016 provides us with a welcome reminder of progress our students and educators have made over the past decade in improving the overall graduation rate and narrowing the achievement gap between Black and Hispanic students and white students.


Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Robert Schneider on the second installment of the 2021 State of the State

FOR RELEASE: January 12, 2021

In today’s installment of his 2021 State of the State Address, Governor Cuomo once again highlighted some key issues of concern for students and schools.

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