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Best Wishes for a Wonderful Summer.. Watch for the WPSBA 2014-15 Calendar!
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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:

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.’"

A Conversation About Tests That Educators Want to Have, but Can’t, by Jim Dwyer, New York Times (5/6/2014), “Let’s talk about testing… 'I can’t go against the state embargo,' Mr. Bender [principal of Public School 11 in Chelsea] said. By state order, teachers and principals may not disclose any contents of the three days of standardized English tests that were given at the beginning of April…”

A Link Between Fidgety Boys and a Sputtering Economy, by David Leonhardt, New York Times, (4/29/2014), “The gap in behavioral skills between young girls and boys is even bigger than the gap between rich and poor.”


Cuomo Played Pivotal Role in Charter School Push, State Ed turns to BOCES to track student data, Gary Stern, LoHud (4/4/2014), “The Legislature this week tore up a key piece of the state's educational policy by prohibiting the use of private companies to store student data while specifying that BOCES can do so…"Hopefully, going forward, our leaders in Albany will craft something that reinforces the good in using student data to inform learning while protecting student privacy," said Susan Elion Wollin, president [WPSBA].”

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.

Assembly approves a Common Core delay, CapitalNY.com, Jessica Bakeman (3/5/2014), 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. Bedford BOE letter to Record Review Editor re: GEA

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.”


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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