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Best Wishes for a Wonderful Summer.. Watch for the WPSBA 2014-15 Calendar!
Upcoming Events
9/6/2014
9/11/2014
- WPSBA BOD meeting
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Westchester-Putnam School Boards Association (WPSBA) Leadership • Advocacy • Education • Regional Networking
 UPCOMING EVENTS & PRINTABLE CALENDAR

WPSBA Legislative Advocacy Resources
TAKE ACTION: Send an Electronic Letter to YOUR Legislators:

WPSBA Toolkit: Eliminate GEA & Restore School Funding

EDUCATION NEWS HEADLINES:

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…”

The problem with how we talk about poverty and kids, Valerie Strauss, Washington Post Answer Sheet (7/24/14); "When we talk about all of these students as if they’re living in the same circumstances, we do a terrible disservice to our most at-risk students by denying the trauma of deep generational poverty, which is not always synonymous with poverty that is primarily financial. When we punish schools and teachers that fail to reach our most at-risk students in communities of deep generational poverty…”

Change at the top: School superintendent churn continues, Randi Weiner and Gary Stern, LoHud, (6/30/2014); ”The end of the school year usually means stepping into the unknown for students, but a growing number of local school districts are facing unexpected changes of their own- at the top.In the past six months, 11 districts have seen a change in their superintendents' offices.”

Special-act' schools get state tuition increase, Randi Weiner, LoHud (6/10/2014), "Local special-act school district superintendents were elated Tuesday after they were told that the tuition raise they have requested for five years has finally been granted." WPSBA Community View on School District Budget & Board of Education Elections, Journal News (5/20/2014)

Report Finds Weak Link Between Value-Added Measures and Teacher Instruction;
States should have more time to examine the quality of the measures, By Allie Bidwell, US News & World Report (5/13/2014), “A spreading method of teacher performance that places significant importance on student growth measures has a weak to nonexistent link with teacher performance, according to new research...”

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.’"

N.Y. budget gives tax relief but disappoints others, LoHud, Joseph Spector, (4/4/2014)
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.

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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