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Westchester Putnam School Boards Association (WPSBA) Leadership • Advocacy • Education • Regional Networking
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WPSBA Legislative Advocacy Resources
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WPSBA Toolkit: Eliminate GEA & Restore School Funding

EDUCATION NEWS HEADLINES:

Educators livid over college 'success' report, by Randi Weiner, LoHud (11/23/2014)
Principal [Carol Burris] uncovers flawed data in her state’s official education reports by Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post (11/22/2014); "School reformers talk nonstop about using “data” to drive policy, teaching and just about everything else, which, you would think, would require that the data being used be accurate. The following post exposes a troubling problem with the push for “data-driven” everything — bad data… NYSED included the results in a Powerpoint narrative of how unprepared our students are for college.


WPSBA 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.”

Journal News editorial- APPR (11/12/2014), “The problems with New York State's Annual Professional Performance Review, and the state's reticence to address them, mirror the rocky implementation of Common Core standards.”
LoHud APPR Video Interview, LoHud, Superintendents Louis Wool and Brenda Myer (11/12/2014), "the problems with New York State's Annual Professional Performance Review, and the state's reticence to address them, mirror the rocky implementation of Common Core standards"

WPSBA 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.

Microsoft and Other Firms Pledge to Protect Student Data, by Natasha Singer, New York Times (10/7/2014);“…We wanted to say to parents: ‘No one’s going to sell your kids’ data; nobody’s going to track your child around the Internet; no one’s going to compile a profile that is used against your child when they apply for a job 20 years later,’ ” said Jules Polonetsky, executive director of the Future Privacy Forum... “We hope this is a useful way for companies that want to be trusted partners in schools to make it clear they are on the side of responsible data use.”

Schools in ‘limbo’ as Cuomo ponders evaluation bill,Jessica Bakeman, Capital New York (10/6/ 2014); A month into the school year, districts are unsure how to proceed with the state-mandated teacher evaluation system because Governor Andrew Cuomo has not yet signed his own bill amending it. After negotiating with teachers’ unions, Cuomo introduced and lawmakers passed a bill last session that aims to shield teachers from the rough rollout of the Common Core standards.

A new study found that New York's teacher-evaluation formula forces school districts to pump up classroom-observation scores so teachers don't wind up with "unjust" overall grades, Gary Stern, LoHud, (10/6/2014); Leaders of a regional school superintendents group are calling on the state to scrap its much-debated teacher-evaluation system, contending that a new study proves that the system is irreparably flawed. The study, released Friday, found that the state formula for calculating evaluations forces school districts to inflate classroom-observation ratings so teachers do not get poor overall scores.
READ THE REPORT:
Empirical Analysis of the NYS Annual Professional Performance Review System

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.’"

Andrew Cuomo’s confused property-tax ‘cut’, NY Post OPINION, E.J. McMahon, (3/21/2014), ...Why do New York governors and legislators in both parties continue to offer expensive painkillers instead of real, cost-free cures for high property taxes? Because they’re unwilling to attack the main problem, which is unfunded state mandates — especially collective-bargaining laws that force public-employee pay to unsustainable levels. Until that changes, New Yorkers can expect more STARs in their eyes.

WPSBA brings Diane Ravitch's no-nonsense message on education reform issues to Lower Hudson community (1/16/2014). WATCH VIDEO OF HER PRESENTATION.

WPSBA IN THE NEWS:
WPSBA Community View on School District Funding: Make Public Education Whole (10/26/14)

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

WPSBA Testimony at Westchester Assembly delegation hearing, February 21, 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
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