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Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the Resignation of MaryEllen Elia

FOR RELEASE: July 15, 2019

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

@nyschoolboards

MaryEllen Elia took over as commissioner of education during a tumultuous time in New York’s public schools. She helped heal wounds resulting from the hurried implementation of the state’s annual teacher and principal performance review process (APPR) and Common Core learning standards.


Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the end of the 2019 Legislative Session

FOR RELEASE: June 21, 2019

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

@nyschoolboards

State lawmakers took a number of significant steps during this legislative session to protect the health and safety of our students and to provide local school districts with new tools and flexibility to enhance educational programs.

At the same time, we also must note that some legislative actions taken this year are likely to impose new costs and unnecessary mandates on local school districts.


Joint statement on requiring schools to provide paid time off to employees for voting

FOR RELEASE: June 17, 2019

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 320-2221 cell

@nyschoolboards

Timothy G. Kremer, Executive Director, New York State School Boards Association
Charles S. Dedrick, Ed.D., Executive Director, New York State Council of School Superintendents

Before state lawmakers leave Albany, it is imperative that they restore an important protection for school districts that was omitted from a new law providing paid time off for employees to vote.

The law, which was passed as a part of the state budget this spring, extends the paid time off employers must provide for voting to three hours, an increase from the previous two-hour maximum.


School Boards Association reports that 98.4% of school budgets pass; 10 of 18 override attempts succeed

FOR RELEASE: May 22, 2019

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 320-2221 cell

@nyschoolboards

New York State voters approved 98.4% of school district budgets on Tuesday, May 21, according to an analysis by the New York State School Boards Association.

"Yesterday, communities across the state reaffirmed their support for public education by approving the vast majority of school district budgets," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer.


NYSSBA Report: Schools struggle to find English language learner teachers

FOR RELEASE: May 3, 2019

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

@nyschoolboards

School districts are struggling to find teachers for English language learners, according to a new report from the New York State School Boards Association. 

A NYSSBA survey found that 52% of school superintendents with non-native English speakers in their schools reported having difficulty over the past year recruiting and hiring teachers specifically trained to instruct those students.


NYSSBA Announces Retirement of Timothy G. Kremer

FOR RELEASE: April 22, 2019

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

@nyschoolboards

The New York State School Boards Association announced today that, after a forty-year career as a public education advocate, Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer will retire at the end of the year.

The NYSSBA Board of Directors has retained the search firm Korn Ferry to conduct a national search for his successor.


April 22 petition deadline for school board candidates looms

FOR RELEASE: April 11, 2019

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

@nyschoolboards

The deadline to file petitions to run for a seat on a school board is April 22, less than two weeks away.

For those who are interested in school board service or just want to learn more about the function of school boards in their communities, the New York State School Boards Association is providing a free online resource entitled "The School Board Member Experience."


School boards commend legislative action aimed at delivering aid relief to school districts

FOR RELEASE: April 9, 2019

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

@nyschoolboards

The New York State School Boards Association today applauded the Senate Education Committee for advancing legislation that would provide relief to school districts facing severe state aid take backs due to clerical errors and missed filing deadlines related to building and transportation aid. 

"The loss of millions of dollars in aid resulting from inadvertently filing paperwork late only deprives students of educational opportunities and places a greater burden on local taxpayers," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer.


Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on State Budget Agreement

FOR RELEASE: March 31, 2019

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

@nyschoolboards

The new state budget agreement includes a number of victories for school districts and students in New York’s public schools.

First, while the $618 million increase in foundation aid is below our request, it is nearly double the amount proposed by the governor and represents a strong investment in our public schools.


School boards stress priorities as budget deadline nears

FOR RELEASE: March 29, 2019

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

@nyschoolboards

With the April 1 state budget deadline drawing near and as negotiations draw to a close, the New York State School Boards Association today stressed the importance of three budget items that local school board members believe are critically important for students in New York’s public schools.

"While lawmakers complete work on the state budget in Albany, school districts around the state are developing their own budgets. We cannot overstate the importance of sufficient and predictable state aid – and foundation aid in particular – to schools and taxpayers," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer.

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