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WPSBA Legislative Advocacy
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WPSBA Toolkit: Eliminate GEA & Restore School Funding

EDUCATION NEWS HEADLINES:

$$$ WPSBA Analysis of 2015-16 District State Aid Run Data $$$

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.””

WE’RE NUMBER ONE. WHY? Exploring the reasons behind New York’s education spending, by Robert Lowry, Jr., Deputy Director, NYS Council of School Superintendents, March 2015 Councilgram; "To rebut pleas for more state aid and to imply inefficiency, Governor Andrew Cuomo routinely cites the fact that New York public schools lead the nation in per pupil spending. Seldom does anyone stop to ask why New York schools spend at the levels they do..."

View: Lawmakers must act now to create new teacher evals, Superintendent Louis N. Wool , LoHud (3/26/2015); "Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders can take immediate steps to improve teacher accountability – and then must bring in national experts to create effective teacher evaluation plans."

Editorial: Educators weigh in on opting out, A Journal News editorial l(3/24/2015); Education experts on a Journal News panel dislike many aspects of standardized testing, but are divided over whether opting out is the answer. LINK TO VIDEO OF PANEL DISCUSSION.

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)

View: One size does not fit all schools, George Latimer, LoHud (1/5/2015); “We don't need to "reform" education in Westchester. We need to help those schools and districts that need help, and we need to support those schools and districts that are already doing well by letting them continue to succeed.”

READ THE REPORT: Empirical Analysis of NYS Annual Professional Performance Review System;
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.

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 IN THE NEWS:
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."

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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