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Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the State Comptroller’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring System for Schools

FOR RELEASE: January 16, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Today’s report on the fiscal well-being of school districts paints a bleak financial picture for dozens of school districts statewide.


Statement of Timothy G. Kremer, Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association, on the 2014 State of the State

FOR RELEASE: January 8, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

The governor’s State of the State address today presented several promising initiatives for schools. Among them: a $2 billion “Smart Schools” bond referendum, universal prekindergarten, and rewards for highly effective teachers.

These are all sound proposals.

In today’s world, information moves at lightning-fast pace. Schools must be properly equipped to handle this flow in order to effectively educate students. As described, the governor’s Smart Schools referendum could represent a major step in helping districts get up-to-speed.


School board members wary of inBloom

FOR RELEASE: December 11, 2013

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

School board members overwhelmingly oppose the State Education Department’s plan to provide student data to a third-party vendor, according to the latest poll of New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) members.

Seventy-five percent of board members surveyed said they oppose sending data for New York students to inBloom, a data storage company that has a contract with the State Education Department to collect student information such as names, addresses, disability, attendance and suspensions. Thirteen percent said they support providing the data to inBloom, while 11 percent indicated they were not sure.


One year after Newtown, most superintendents believe their schools are safer

FOR RELEASE:   December 10, 2013

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

One year after the horrific shootings at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School, nearly six in 10 superintendents in New York say their schools are safer today than they were a year ago, according to the results of a survey by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).

Fifty-nine percent of superintendents who responded to the survey said they believe their schools are “more safe” than they were a year ago. Another 39.5 percent said their districts were equally as safe as they were one year ago. Just .5 percent said their schools were less safe, while 1 percent were unsure.


Statement on Legislative Testimony

FOR RELEASE:  November 26, 2013

During recent testimony on student privacy before the state Assembly Education Committee, NYSSBA Governmental Relations Director David Little referred to the concept of an “inBloom score.”  His intention was to present a hypothetical scenario of the possible ways in which student information could be misused in the future. His cautionary example of the “inBloom score” was meant to alert lawmakers to the unforeseen consequences of how student information that we collect today could be misused tomorrow.  NYSSBA does not support an “inBloom score” and certainly would never propose that such a score be created. 


Board members support less testing for eighth-graders

FOR RELEASE:  November 21, 2013

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

School board members in New York overwhelmingly support eliminating double-testing of eighth-graders in math, according to a new poll by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).

Eighty-four percent of board members believe the state should seek a waiver from the federal government to allow eighth-grade students who take the Regents Algebra 1 exam to skip the regular eighth-grade math test.  Twelve percent of respondents believe the state should not seek a waiver, while 4 percent were not sure.

Currently, eighth-grade students who take accelerated math are required by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) to take both the Regents Algebra 1 exam and the grade 8 mathematics exam. The state Board of Regents has authorized the state education commissioner to ask the USDOE for a waiver from the requirement.


Lenhardt of Bethlehem elected president of the State School Boards Association

FOR RELEASE:  October 30, 2013

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Lynne Lenhardt of Bethlehem, NY was elected president of the New York State School Boards Association. Her one-year term begins Jan. 1, 2014.

Lenhardt was elected Oct. 26 at NYSSBA’s Annual Business Meeting in Rochester. A total of 246 voting delegates participated in the meeting, which was held in conjunction with NYSSBA’s 94th Annual Convention & Education Expo attended by nearly 3,000 members of the education community.

NYSSBA provides advocacy, training and information to school boards in support of their mission to govern the state’s public schools. The NYSSBA board establishes policies to supervise, control and direct the business of the Association.


Michael J. Masse named 2013 President’s Award recipient

FOR RELEASE:  October 30, 2013

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Michael J. Masse, a 20-year school board veteran, has been named the 2013 President’s Award winner by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).

The President’s Award recognizes individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions toward the betterment of public education in New York. 

 "In addition to his 20 years of service on the Fayetteville-Manlius school board, Mike has been NYSSBA’s lighthouse for fiduciary matters,” said NYSSBA President Thomas Nespeca, a member of the Webster school board near Rochester.  “He has been sensitive to our members’ financial situations. That is why I chose him for this year’s award.”


Statement by NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on Teacher and Principal Composite Test Scores

FOR RELEASE:  October 24, 2013

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

The results of this year's composite test scores for teachers and principals are encouraging.  We have always maintained that New York has some of the most dedicated and talented teachers in the nation.


Thousands of educators heading to Rochester

FOR RELEASE:  October 16, 2013

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Approximately 2,500 school board members, superintendents and educators from across New York will arrive in Rochester next week for the New York State School Boards Association’s 94th Annual Convention and Education Expo.

The three-day event is being held Oct. 24-26 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

The convention comes as New York schools implement a number of key education initiatives, including the Common Core Learning Standards and a new teacher evaluation system.  State Education Commissioner John King and a number of other experts will be on hand to address these initiatives.


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