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NYSSBA report finds that traditional classroom instruction in civics has not kept pace with new forms of student activism

FOR RELEASE: March 13, 2019

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

@nyschoolboards

Students today are engaging less in traditional methods of civic participation – such as meeting with lawmakers – and turning instead to social media and storytelling as their preferred way of influencing public policy, according to a new research report from the New York State School Boards Association.

 


NYSSBA report finds bus driver shortages plague New York State schools

FOR RELEASE: February 7, 2019

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

@nyschoolboards

More than eight in 10 school transportation directors in New York consider driver shortage either their "number one" problem/concern (60 percent) or a "major" problem/concern (23 percent), according to a report by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA), New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT) and National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT).


2019 NYSSBA Capital Conference Media Advisory

FOR RELEASE: February 5, 2019

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

@nyschoolboards

NYS Education Commissioner Elia, Assistant Counsel to Governor Cuomo 
Terry Pratt and Senate Education Chair Shelley Mayer 
headline school boards advocacy event   

NYSSBA’S Capital Conference also features NYS Teacher of the Year

MEDIA ADVISORY and PHOTO OPPORTUNITY 


NYSSBA poll finds board members are wary of guns in schools

FOR RELEASE: February 1, 2019

 

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

@nyschoolboards

More than seven in 10 school board members in New York State do not support arming school staff, according to the results of a new poll by the New York State School Boards Association.

Arming school staff was one of the recommendations made by a federal panel created by President Trump to study safety in U.S. schools. The Federal Commission on School Safety was formed in response to the February 2018 school shootings in Parkland, Fla.


School Boards Association launches new website, "The School Board Member Experience"

FOR RELEASE: January 31, 2019

 

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

@nyschoolboards

Website serves as a resource for general public to learn about school boards;
offers inside view of school board service


Petition deadline for school board elections is April 22

A new website provides comprehensive resources for individuals interested in learning about school board service.


Statement from NYSSBA on high school graduation rates in 2018

FOR RELEASE: January 30, 2019

 

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

@nyschoolboards

It’s good to hear that New York’s four-year graduation rates continue to move in the right direction and that gaps between minority students and their white peers continue to narrow. As the commissioner noted, the pace of progress, once again, is not as rapid or substantial as we all would like, but the steady improvement is encouraging.


Statement from NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the governor's budget proposal

FOR RELEASE: January 15, 2019

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

@nyschoolboards

Governor Cuomo’s budget continues his crusade to erode local-level school decision making by proposing a state formula to determine funding for individual school buildings and making the tax cap permanent.

We appreciate the governor’s desire to direct funds to the neediest schools, but we disagree with the notion that a state formula devised in Albany can distribute funds to thousands of individual school buildings more fairly and effectively than the locally elected board of education in those communities.


School boards release five key principles for APPR reform

FOR RELEASE: January 10, 2019

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

@nyschoolboards

As state lawmakers prepare to tackle reforms to the state’s Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) system for teachers and principals, the New York State School Boards Association today released five key principles that lawmakers should incorporate into APPR reforms.

"By all accounts, the state Legislature will fast-track legislation to change the state’s system for evaluating teachers and principals," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. "NYSSBA urges lawmakers to consider these principles before taking any action on this issue."

 


New report questions whether schools in New York have enough psychologists to meet student mental health needs

FOR RELEASE: December 4, 2018

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

@nyschoolboards

Twenty-nine percent of school superintendents in New York State said their school districts lack enough school psychologists to meet student needs. And among school psychologists, a whopping 66 percent believe there is not enough capacity to meet their needs.

Those findings come from surveys by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) and the New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP).


NYSSBA poll results: Students need better preparation in “civic readiness”

FOR RELEASE: November 8, 2018

 

 

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

@nyschoolboards

Only 50 percent of school board members who responded to a recent NYSSBA poll said their districts are sufficiently preparing students to understand the role citizens play in a democracy. Accordingly, more than two-thirds would like to see civic readiness become a graduation requirement in New York.


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