- Eliminate the GEA and Restore our School Aid
- WPSBA and National High Stakes Testing Resolutions
- Support STOP Albany Grassroots Coalition: Local citizens, schools, businesses and gov't officials stand strong together to say to Albany: Stop eroding local decision-making!
EDUCATION NEWS HEADLINES:
Cuomo Played Pivotal Role in Charter School Push,
N.Y. budget gives tax relief but disappoints others, )
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.
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