WPSBA Legislative Advocacy Data & Resources
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Toolkit to Eliminate the GEA and Restore Our School Aid:
- School Boards Should Endorse the School District Resolution
- Send an Electronic Letter Directly to YOUR State Legislators
ENDORSE WPSBA and National High Stakes Testing Resolutions
TAKE ACTION to Ensure Privacy of Student Data in the EngageNY Data Portal (inBloom).
TAKE ACTION to Support STOP Albany Grassroots Coalition: Local citizens, schools, businesses and gov't officials stand strong together to say to Albany: “Stop taking our power.”
EDUCATION NEWS HEADLINES:
Assembly approves a Common Core delay, CapitalNY.com, (3/5/2014), NYS Assembly passed its bill to delay some aspects of Common Core… by a vote of 117-10, after first defeating a Republican amendment that would have withdrawn New York from the standards altogether. Among other provisions, the bill removes Common Core-aligned test scores from teacher and principal evaluations for two years and prohibits [SED] from sharing student information with third-party vendors for one year.
Cuomo’s education aid ‘boost’ still saps schools, Journal News Letter to Editor, Croton-Harmon BOE President and Superintendent (2/17/2014), “..Intentionally or not, the state has created a perfect storm for schools in which financial crises are undermining our ability to educate…Don’t be fooled by the rhetoric. Aid to all schools in New York state is being dramatically reduced. More of the burden is being shifted to local taxpayers.”Snapshot: Revenue Challenges Facing School Districts, Office of the NYS Comptroller (Released 1/14/14); Between a tax levy limit that restricts local funding, State and federal aid cuts and a lack of other sources of funding, schools are facing fiscal challenges that are not likely to dissipate in the short term. WPSBA brings Diane Ravitch's no-nonsense message on education reform issues to Lower Hudson community (1/16/2014). WATCH VIDEO OF HER PRESENTATION.
Report: NY schools struggling with uneven revenue, LoHud, Joseph Spector and Jon Campbell, (1/14/2014), DiNapoli’s report warns that as schools manage the state’s property-tax cap and a loss of federal stimulus money they are dealing with growing costs and limited revenue.“School districts are caught in a financial bind and are struggling for a way out,” DiNapoli said in a statement.
WPSBA IN THE NEWS:
WPSBA Testimony at Westchester Assembly delegation hearing, February 21, 2014
WPSBA Statement at NYS Education Commissioner Forum, Port Chester, Oct 28, 2013
The Top School Issues of 2013-14, Lisa Davis, executive director of the Westchester Putnam School Boards Association, outlines this year's major issues in education. (10/4/2013 Video by Gary Stern/LoHud.com)
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."
WPSBA SPEAKS OUT ON SCHOOL SAFETY CONCERNS with letter to state and federal legislators urging appropriate resources and funding for student and mental health services, and the exemption of non-aided safety and security costs from the property tax-levy limit calculation.
READ THE REPORT:
Regional 2012-2013 NY Assessment Scores- comparative data map
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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