WPSBA Legislative Advocacy Issues and Data Reports
WPSBA Toolkit: Eliminate GEA & Restore School Funding
EDUCATION NEWS HEADLINES:
View: Underfunded schools and weak local control, Shane McGaffey (President, Pleasantville BOE), LoHud (11/18/2015); “…New York State’s tack over the last decade has been to underfund and usurp local school/community decision making. Help us to fight for the funding and local control we once had, and need, to ensure that our schools remain strong.”
Opinion; Is a new era of education policy just around the corner? How states stand to gain power from House-Senate deal, by Robert Rothman, Hechinger Report (11/16/2015), “If you want to see education policy in the next few years, look to state capitols, not Washington, D.C.”
Common Core critic Jere Hochman joining Cuomo’s cabinet: By Jon Campbell, LoHud (10/28/15) ALBANY - Bedford schools Superintendent Jere Hochman is joining Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s cabinet as his top education aide…
NYSUT: State must restore trust in education reform process, By Bethany Bump, Times Union Capitol Bureau (10/20/2015); "Constant changes to New York education policy and flawed rollouts have caused teachers and parents to lose trust in the State Education Department..."
‘Struggling’ schools legislation could come under review; By Keshia Clukey, PoliticoNewYork (10/14/2015); In her testimony, state education commissioner MaryEllen Elia recommended that the Legislature provide adequate resources and revisions to the time line. “The Regents and I are prepared to partner with you to change the narrative to promote equity and equality for our struggling schools under receivership”…”
Less Leverage Awaits Official Set to Step In As Head of Ed. Dept., Education Week (10/12/2015); John B. King Jr. will succeed Arne Duncan on an acting basis in heading the U.S. Department of Education … What kind of education secretary is he likely to be?
Editorial: Can Cuomo's Common Core review succeed?, Journal News editorial (10/4/2015); An unrealistic timetable may undermine a much needed look at standards and testing.
Education Gap Between Rich and Poor Is Growing Wider, Eduardo Porter, NY Times (9/22/2015); Racial disparities in education have narrowed slightly, but the achievement gap between more affluent and less privileged children is wider than ever.
Master teacher suing New York state over ‘ineffective’ rating is going to court, by Valerie Strauss Washington Post (8/9/15); “A veteran teacher suing New York state education officials over the controversial method they used to evaluate her as “ineffective” is expected to go to New York Supreme Court in Albany this week for oral arguments in a case that could affect all public school teachers in the state and even beyond… How can a teacher known for excellence be rated “ineffective”? It happens — and not just in New York.”
WPSBA IN THE NEWS:
CDC: Too many schools start class too early, a problem for student health, by Emma Brown, Washington Post (8/6/15); “Five out of every six middle schools and high schools nationwide start classes earlier than 8:30 a.m., making it difficult for teens to get the sleep they need to be healthy, according to a report… by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…”
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 Comments to Board of Regents re 3012-d Emergency Regs /APPR
View: Vote on Tuesday, and strengthen local control of schools, Susan Elion Wollin & Lisa Davis, 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.”
Community View: Make public education whole, Susan Elion Wollin and Lisa P. Davis, 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:
2013-14 ELA and Math Assessment Presentation, NY SED
Regional 2012-13 NY Assessment Score Data from NYSED
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