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PUBLIC EDUCATION: Our Most Important Infrastructure.
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2/25/2016
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4/11/2016
 
Westchester Putnam School Boards Association (WPSBA) Leadership • Advocacy • Education • Regional Networking
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WPSBA Legislative Advocacy
TAKE ACTION: Send E-Letters to Gov Cuomo & NYS Legislators:

WPSBA Legislative Forum Advocacy Issues and Data Reports

Regent Judith Johnson at WPSBA Breakfast & Network Program on December 3rd.
WPSBA Breakfast & Network featured Regent Judith Johnson

EDUCATION NEWS HEADLINES:

Acting Ed. Secretary: Educators 'unfairly blamed' for schools' challenges, by Greg Toppo, USATODAY (2/7/2016); “In his first major speech, the acting U.S. Secretary of Education John King apologized to the nation’s teachers… All of us — at the local, state, and federal level... — have to take responsibility for the climate that exists," he said. ”There is no question that the contentious tone has made it harder to have productive conversations." “

Charter, tax credit groups again outspend teachers' unions on lobbying,
By Bill Mahoney and Eliza Shapiro, POLITICO NEW YORK (2/8/2016); “…In all, labor groups and their key allies on education issues spent $8.3 million on political activity in 2015. Charter schools and their influential lobbying arms spent a little over $9 million, and tax credit advocates, $5.7 million, according to the lobbying and campaign finance reports.”

How to Fix the Country’s Failing Schools. And How Not To, by David L. Kirp, NY Times (1/9/2016); “…Newark’s big mistake was … that they placed their faith in the idea of disruptive change and charismatic leaders. Union City adopted the opposite approach, embracing the idea of gradual change and working within existing structures…”

Dolan: Catholic Conference will again push education tax credit, Keshia Clukey, Politico (1/7/2016);“…Education tax credits drain money from public schools to give huge tax credits to the very rich. It was a bad idea last year and it has not gotten any better with time…”

Ossining tops local districts with 8 Intel semifinalists, By Peter D. Kramer, LoHud, (1/7/2016); “Twenty-seven students from a dozen high schools across the Lower Hudson Valley received that best possible news...”

Merryl Tisch on her greatest hits, disappointments and what’s next, By Bethany Bump, Timesunion (1/6/2016); Article and link to 2-part PBS video interview

Can Schools Be Fixed? Experts on K-12 education offer their reasons for optimism and pessimism going forward, by Alia Wong, Adrienne Green, and Li Zhou, The Atlantic (12/30/2015); “…We reached out to some of the leading scholars of, experts on, and advocates for K-12 education, and asked them what, as the year comes to an end, is giving them cause for hope and despair….”

Elia: Big changes coming for testing, evaluations, Common Core standards, by Keshia Clukey, Politico (12/21/2015); “Substantive changes will be made to testing, teacher evaluations and the Common Core learning standards in New York State…”

Low tax cap has school districts considering overrides in coming budgets, By Barbara O’Brien, The Buffalo News (12/19/15); “Zero sounds pretty good if you’re talking about a school tax increase. But maybe not so good if you want your teenager in a math class with less than 30 other students, or your middle schooler to join the modified baseball team, and your kindergartner to have more library time…”

The successor to No Child Left Behind has, it turns out, big problems of its own, Valerie Strauss, Washington Post Answer Sheet (12/7/2015), “U.S. lawmakers always have reasons for what they do, so there must be one for why they didn’t make public the 1,059-page rewrite of the 2002 No Child Left Behind until a few days before Congress began voting on the compromise legislation last week. Could it be that they didn’t want critics to take too close a look?...”

ARCHIVE:
New York's school reform sidelined by Common Core, Gary Stern, Journal News (5/12/2014) “… ‘This is the untold story of New York's "lost standards.’… It's a revealing corner of state history because [Saul] Cohen's project, officially the Regents Standards Review and Revision Initiative, anticipated many of the Common Core's primary goals. The educators involved also hashed out issues that have inspired raucous debate across New York as the state has rolled out Common Core… ‘It was a healthy, democratic approach’…We did not only create standards. We wanted to create the conditions for new standards to work.’"

WPSBA IN THE NEWS:
WPSBA Comments to Board of Regents re 3012-d Emergency Regs /APPR

WPSBA View: Vote on Tuesday, and strengthen local control of schools, LoHud (5/15/2015); Local accountability is at the heart of our school districts, and is something to keep in mind as you head to the polls on May 19th.

Statement on Need to Review and Redesign APPR (Nov 2014)
WPSBA “call[s] on our State legislators to take action to review and redesign New York’s teacher evaluation system (APPR)… The unintended consequences of the current flawed APPR system on our students and on school district accountability can no longer be ignored.”

WPSBA Community View: Make public education whole, Journal News (10/25/2014); Recent state aid increases for public schools don't make up for years of cuts, including the Gap Elimination Adjustment. New York State has an obligation to keep its promise to our schools by providing both adequate funding and relief from costly state-mandated expenditures.”

WPSBA Community View on School District Budget & Board of Education Elections, Journal News (5/20/2014)

Hudson Valley leader [Lisa Davis] rallies school boards for change, Newsday, Meghan Murphy (2/9/2013), "It's the small victories that keep her going, she [Lisa Davis] says…You have to keep up the fight. You take the small little victories and keep reminding yourself that you're doing it for the kids."

READ THE REPORT:

New York Common Core Task Force Final Report (12/10/2015); It is time to right the ship. We believe that these recommendations, once acted on, provide a means to that end. It is our belief that these recommendations provide the foundation to restore public trust in the education system in New York by improving what needs to be improved and building on our long history of excellence in public education.

NYS Education Reform Commission Preliminary Report

Federal Mandates on Local Education: Costs and Consequences – Yes, it’s a Race, but is it in the Right Direction?, Ken Mitchell, Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach, SUNY New Paltz, Discussion Brief #8- Fall 2012
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