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- Technology Summit
7:15 PM - 9:30 PM
10/30/2014
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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:

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

Common Core to Sink or Swim this School Year, by Gary Stern, Lohud (9/2/2014), "…The whole accountability, 'gotcha' culture is so out of control that we need a fresh start," [Jere Hochman, Bedford Supt.] said. "The standards are OK, but every problem is connected to the Common Core. New York needs to take a bold stance so we can focus on educating kids…"

Delayed Student Data Bill of Rights Met with Concern, Gary Stern, LoHud (7/24/14); “With the state Education Department likely to miss a legally imposed deadline to create a "parents bill of rights" on the use of student data, some anxious school districts are considering writing their own statements…”

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 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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