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New York State School Boards Association
July 23, 2019
After New York’s education commissioner resigns, discussion turns to the qualities — and politics — of a new chief
In the wake of MaryEllen Elia’s abrupt decision to step down as state education commissioner, many are looking ahead to what New York’s next education chief could be like
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June 21, 2018
In union defeat, lawmakers end session without revamping teacher evaluation law
New York lawmakers went home for the summer without overhauling a controversial teacher evaluation law that ties state test scores to educator ratings.
April 4, 2017
What does the state budget impasse mean for New York City schools?
Mostly, it means a lot of waiting.
August 3, 2016
If state tests keep changing, should they still be used to judge struggling schools?
State test scores are not an "apples-to-apples" comparison to last year's assessments but those scores are still being used to judge progress in struggling schools.
September 13, 2013
Remainders: N.J. newspaper goes to bat for the Common Core
The Star-Ledger Editorial Board: Common Core standards aren’t brainwashing or a federal plot. How many of these UFT chapter leaders say they’re still without curriculum…
June 13, 2013
Progress on student data bill stirs concern from school officials
A legislative effort to give parents greater control over how schools share data about their children got renewed energy this week after sitting idle in the Assembly for months. The progress has alarmed officials at the State Education Department, who assumed a bill to restrict data-sharing was dead. It has also raised concern among education groups whose members would be in charge of administrating the law. Education Chair Catherine Nolan breathed new life into the issue last week when she nixed an old bill that had languished in the committee since March, despite picking up support from more than 60 lawmakers. She introduced her own, less extreme version, which sailed unanimously through the committee on Wednesday. With less than a week left in the legislative session, the bill's chances of becoming law this year are slim, but the momentum means that it could be an issue next year. Both versions aim to empower parents to decide how their child's data should be shared with third-party vendors working with their school. The original bill would have required parental consent for student data to be shared, while Nolan's bill would assume that data can be shared unless parents opt out of making their child's information available to vendors.
March 22, 2010
Survey of superintendents shows state could lose 15,000 teachers
A survey sent out to school superintendents across New York State shows that proposed budget cuts could force the state to shed 15,000 teaching positions next year. Distributed by the association representing school superintendents and the New York State School Boards Association, the survey went out to about 700 superintendents and roughly half returned it. Those who did reported a grim year ahead in which the state would have to lay off four percent of its teachers, increase class sizes, and reduce electives. The bulk of those lost teaching positions would come from New York City's schools, which Mayor Bloomberg has said could lose about 8,500 teachers if the state budget cuts go through unchanged. Though 16 Democratic state senators have written to Governor David Paterson saying they won't approve any cuts to education, the Senate is now prepared to pass Paterson's budget as is.
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