New York State School Boards Association
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Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Robert Schneider on School Budget Votes and Board Elections

FOR RELEASE: May 1, 2020

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 320-2221 cell

@nyschoolboards

School budget votes and board elections will be conducted this year under challenging circumstances, to say the least. With the July 1 beginning of the school fiscal year approaching for many districts, we had hoped for clarity on these issues weeks ago. 

That said, we can now move forward. There are many logistical issues involved in conducting school budget votes – from finalizing school budgets themselves to providing notice and absentee ballots to the public. There will be many obstacles to conducting these elections in a manner that is safe for the school district staff who must work with the absentee ballots, as well as the general public. Toward that end, NYSSBA stands ready to serve as a resource to our member districts as they work through the school budget vote and board election process put in place by the governor.


Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Robert Schneider on the Closing of Schools for the Remainder of the 2019-20 School Year

FOR RELEASE: May 1, 2020

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 320-2221 cell

@nyschoolboards

We commend the governor’s decision to keep schools closed for the remainder of the academic year. Clearly, schools are not ready to open for classroom learning, and they won’t be until we can adequately protect our students and staff.

No doubt everyone – school board members, administrators, teachers, students – is anxious to return to school and some semblance of normalcy.


NYSSBA calls for additional federal funding for schools to avoid widespread job losses, dramatic cuts

FOR RELEASE: April 27, 2020

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 320-2221 cell

@nyschoolboards

Schools in New York State could be forced to cut tens of thousands of positions without additional federal funding for K-12 education, the New York State School Boards Association warned today.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has stated that New York schools could see a state aid reduction of 20%, or a staggering $5.5 billion decrease, due to the state’s economic losses resulting from the coronavirus. A loss of that magnitude would return state education aid to 2014 levels.


Statement from New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Robert Schneider on Regents Exams

FOR RELEASE: April 7, 2020

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 320-2221 cell

@nyschoolboards

Students across New York State can breathe a collective sigh of relief. The State Education Department has cancelled Regents exams for June 2020 – and rightfully so. No student should be denied course credit or a high school diploma or otherwise penalized due to these extraordinary circumstances. Guidance issued by the State Education Department focuses on ensuring learning outcomes and standards, rather than on testing. In our view, that is the proper focus.

Teachers and administrators are making every effort to deliver instruction, and should be applauded for that. At the same time, it would be unrealistic to expect that all students are receiving equal opportunities for instruction under the current circumstances. 


Statement of New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Robert S. Schneider on the 2020-21 State Budget

FOR RELEASE: April 3, 2020

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 320-2221 cell

@nyschoolboards

The new state budget offers level funding for public education, at least for now, which is probably about the best school districts could have hoped for at a time when the state faces a potential $15 billion budget deficit.


Important statement from NYSSBA Executive Director Robert Schneider on school board elections

FOR RELEASE: March 20, 2020

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

@nyschoolboards

The New York State School Boards Association is urging candidates for their local boards of education not to go door-to-door in order to collect signatures on their petitions to get on the ballot for school board elections this May.


Poll: School board members seek coronavirus guidance from state and local health officials

FOR RELEASE: March 5, 2020

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

@nyschoolboards

Two-thirds of school board members said they need additional support or guidance from state and local health officials in preparing for a possible coronavirus outbreak, according to a poll by the New York State School Boards Association.


School Boards Association highlights "The School Board Member Experience" website

FOR RELEASE: February 28, 2020

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

@nyschoolboards

The New York State School Boards Association has updated its popular School Board Member Experience website for 2020 with an expanded collection of resources for New Yorkers seeking to learn more about school board service.

The user-friendly site offers a virtual journey from the decision to run for school board through the first year of service.


NYSSBA report: Billions of education dollars on the line in the 2020 Census

FOR RELEASE: February 20, 2020

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

@nyschoolboards

An accurate 2020 census count is crucial to helping New York obtain its fair share of education funding from the federal government over the next decade, according to a new report by the New York State School Boards Association.


Educational Conference Board to hold state budget briefing

FOR RELEASE: February 20, 2020

CONTACT: John Yagielski, ECB Chair
(518) 810-8282

@nyschoolboards

The Educational Conference Board (ECB) will hold a briefing for legislators, legislative staff and media on Friday, February 21st, to discuss the governor’s Executive Budget and the needs of students, educators and public schools. The briefing will take place from 10 a.m. to noon in Room 711-A of the Legislative Office Building in Albany.


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