Press Releases

Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Robert S. Schneider on Gov. Kathy Hochul's 2022-23 Executive Budget Proposal

FOR RELEASE: January 18, 2022

NYSSBA is pleased to hear the first details of Gov. Hochul’s executive budget plan for 2022-23.

Educational Conference Board recommends universal school meals program in New York

FOR RELEASE: January 12, 2022

The New York State Educational Conference Board, a consortium of seven statewide educational organizations, is calling on lawmakers to launch a statewide universal school meals program.

Statement of New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Robert Schneider on Gov. Hochul's 2022 State of the State Address

FOR RELEASE: January 5, 2022

NYSSBA greatly appreciates the collegial tone set by Gov. Hochul in her first State of the State address, as well as her focus on substantive proposals to overcome the key challenges faced by school districts.

Educational Conference Board Outlines Strong Support for the Planned $2.4 Billion State School Aid Increase for 2022-23

FOR RELEASE: December 6, 2021

The seven leading statewide educational organizations issued a report today that includes strong support for the state’s planned $2.4 billion school aid increase for 2022-23 and for the pledge to fully fund Foundation Aid over the next two state budgets.

Joint statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives

FOR RELEASE: November 10, 2021

School districts in many communities are considering and adopting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) policies and practices.

Statement of New York State School Boards Association on the National School Boards Association (NSBA)

FOR RELEASE: November 3, 2021

We disagree with the NSBA letter and NSBA’s statement likening the behavior of some members of the public to “a form of domestic terrorism.” We consider this statement to be both inaccurate and needlessly inflammatory.

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

Updated statement on November 3, 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. We agree that any illegal activity should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We also recognize that a fundamental, bedrock principal of our democracy is the ability of citizens to communicate their views directly to elected leaders. Open discussion is at the root effective school governance. We support the right of all citizens to voice – within the bounds of the law and appropriate decorum – their views about decisions that affect their children and communities. Our members welcome respectful and constructive feedback from the people they serve.

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. 

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