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Westchester Putnam School Boards Association (WPSBA) Leadership • Advocacy • Education • Regional Networking
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WPSBA Legislative Advocacy
TAKE ACTION: Send E-Letters to Gov Cuomo & NYS Legislators:

READ: WPSBA Letter re "Big Ugly" Omnibus Bill and Lack of Transparency
WPSBA Toolkit: Eliminate GEA & Restore School Funding
Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) is accepting applications
EDUCATION NEWS HEADLINES:


$$$ WPSBA Analysis of 2015-16 School District Data $$$

For New York schools, a period of change, Jon Campbell, LoHud (7/12/2015); "For the New York State Education Department, the past week marked a period of transition."

Lawmakers Move to Limit Government’s Role in Education, By JENNIFER STEINHAUER and MOTOKO RICH

Seven regents call for evaluation system delay, by Jessica Bakeman, Capital New York (6/8/2015); “…After extensive deliberation that included a review of research and information gained from listening tours, we have determined that the current proposed amendments to the [teacher evaluation] system are based on an incomplete and inadequate understanding of how to address the task of continuously improving our educational system,”

Out of the Books in Kindergarten, and Into the Sandbox, by Motoko Rich, NY Times (6/9/2015); “...We can’t forget about the basics of what these kids need, which is movement and opportunities to play and explore.”

Editorial: An open letter to the new education chief, Journal News editorial (5/30/2015); "...as the new face in Albany, you have a chance to lead. Tell lawmakers that you want a crack at creating an evaluation system that would give teachers and schools the feedback they need to improve instruction and would provide the accountability that parents and taxpayers deserve."

Education chairs propose significant policy changes, By Jessica Bakeman, CapitalNY (5/4/2015);  The chairs of the Legislature’s education committees have introduced legislation that would make significant changes to the state’s education law and policies, including amending how the Board of Regents is elected and requiring education officials to revisit their decision to adopt the Common Core standards.

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.”

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.””

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)

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.’"

WPSBA IN THE NEWS:
View: Vote on Tuesday, and strengthen local control of schools, Susan Elion Wollin & Lisa Davis, LoHud (5/15/2015); Local accountability is at the heart of our school districts, and is something to keep in mind as you head to the polls on May 19th.

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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