School District Resolution Template: 2015 APPR Plan
WPSBA Toolkit: Eliminate GEA & Restore School Funding
EDUCATION NEWS HEADLINES:
$$$ WPSBA Analysis of 2015-16 School District Data $$$
Private schools, public tab, Times Union Editorial Board (5/19/2015); “…What’s perhaps most troubling here is how Mr. Cuomo has railed about the need to put public education on a crash diet, even as advocates accuse him of underfunding needy schools in cities and less affluent rural areas. Now, suddenly, a state that supposedly could not afford to keep throwing money at public schools has $50 million to $150 million a year for private and parochial schools?”
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.
Education chairs propose significant policy changes, By Jessica Bakeman, CapitalNY (5/4/2015); The chairs of the Legislature’s education committees have introduced legislation that would make significant changes to the state’s education law and policies, including amending how the Board of Regents is elected and requiring education officials to revisit their decision to adopt the Common Core standards.
Tisch’s evaluation delay earns lawmakers' praise, Cuomo’s ire, By Jessica Bakeman, Capital New York (4/24/2015), “When state Board of Regents chancellor Merryl Tisch announced late Wednesday a plan to delay implementation of new teacher evaluations, she turned some of her high-profile critics into supporters overnight.”
Parents send a direct message to Albany, with some districts seeing half the kids 'opt out' of grade 3-8 tests, Journal News editorial (4/16/2015); “Make no mistake, the high number of students who played hooky from the first round of state tests reveal more than just a simple protest against standardized testing.
America's obsession with STEM education is dangerous, By Fareed Zakaria, TribLive (4/4/2015);”…The United States has led the world in economic dynamism, innovation and entrepreneurship thanks to exactly the kind of teaching we are now told to defenestrate. A broad general education helps foster critical thinking and creativity.”
NYSCOSS Overview of the 2015-16 New York State Education Budget Funding and Policy Changes
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.””
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.’"
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."
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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