READ: WPSBA Letter re "Big Ugly" Omnibus Bill and Lack of Transparency
WPSBA Toolkit: Eliminate GEA & Restore School Funding
Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) is accepting applications
EDUCATION NEWS HEADLINES:
PDK Annual Poll on Public Education: (8/24/2015) Americans have become increasingly sensitive to who makes decisions about what happens in local schools and 64% said there is too much emphasis on standardized testing in the public schools.
Growing numbers of parents don't like New York's educational direction, Journal News editorial (823/2015); “…growing numbers of parents seem to believe that the trifecta of tougher standards, tougher tests and tougher teacher evaluations is not the answer to improving public education…. [WPSBA] in a new statement to the Education Department, condemns recent changes to the evaluation system as "disruptive to our schools, staff and students" and said the current plan "cannot and should not be salvaged."
WPSBA Comments to Board of Regents re 3012-d Emergency Regs /APPR
In turnabout, lawmakers back power increase for state ed officials, by Jessica Bakeman (8/10/15); After years of aggressive intervention by the governor and the Legislature, New York’s education officials might get back some regulatory and spending power…”
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.”
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…”
For New York schools, a period of change, Jon Campbell, LoHud (7/12/2015); "For the New York State Education Department, the past week marked a period of transition."
Lawmakers Move to Limit Government’s Role in Education, By JENNIFER STEINHAUER and MOTOKO RICH
Seven regents call for evaluation system delay, by Jessica Bakeman, Capital New York (6/8/2015); “…After extensive deliberation that included a review of research and information gained from listening tours, we have determined that the current proposed amendments to the [teacher evaluation] system are based on an incomplete and inadequate understanding of how to address the task of continuously improving our educational system,”
Out of the Books in Kindergarten, and Into the Sandbox, by Motoko Rich, NY Times (6/9/2015); “...We can’t forget about the basics of what these kids need, which is movement and opportunities to play and explore.”
Editorial: An open letter to the new education chief, Journal News editorial (5/30/2015); "...as the new face in Albany, you have a chance to lead. Tell lawmakers that you want a crack at creating an evaluation system that would give teachers and schools the feedback they need to improve instruction and would provide the accountability that parents and taxpayers deserve."
Democracy this is not, Times Union Editorial Board (posted 4/1/2015); “Pick up the phone, New Yorkers. Send Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie a message. Not “Thank you, sirs, may we have another?” Rather, “Slow down and do this right.””
$$$ WPSBA Analysis of 2015-16 School District Data $$$
NYS Educational Conference Board (ECB) issues recommendations on changing the framework of the NYS tax levy cap in a way that respects New York’s tradition of community budget votes, but looks to tax cap models from other states and rules for New York’s municipalities (February 2015)
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.’"
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