New York State School Boards Holds Annual Convention; Statewide School Board Members to Consider Positions on Issues (10/25/2016)
The New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) has adopted position statements on these issues to be considered during their annual convention (Oct. 28-30) . These statements are introduced by member boards of education or the NYSSBA Board of Directors. Each fall during the Association’s Annual Business Meeting, the voting delegates adopt these official positions, which lay the foundation for the Association’s advocacy agenda and priority actions.
The position statements direct the Association to advocate either for or against a wide variety of legislative and regulatory issues at both the state and federal level. In addition, some of the position statements are statements of belief and therefore do not call for action. You can review the complete positions at the following.
Board of Regents plans new timeline for revising Common Core;
State eyes 2018-2019 for new testing standards
New York hopes to test students on revised learning standards starting in the 2018-19 school year, following a multi-year review and revision of its controversial Common Core program, according to a timeline the state Board of Regents discussed Monday. To read more about this, click on either of the following two links.
But state education officials, including Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, were adamant that the timeline be flexible enough so that if districts need more time to implement the changes, they get it. The goal, they said, is to avoid the backlash that resulted the first time around from "rushing" through new standards and curriculum.
National PTA Position Calls for All Students to Participate
in High-quality, Comprehensive Assessments
ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Jan. 21, 2016) — As movements to opt children out of assessments have increased, National PTA’s board of directors adopted a new position statement on student assessment and opt-out policies during its January board meeting. The statement calls for all students to participate in high-quality, comprehensive assessments that measure their growth and achievement so all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Advocacy Committee meets with NY State Senator Murphy
Members of the Lakeland Advocacy Outreach Committee met Thursday morning (January 28, 2016) with NY State Senator Terrence Murphy in his Yorktown office to discuss the current state budget proposals and other issues affecting education and the District. Board President Carol Ann Dobson, Board Trustee Denise Kness and Superintendent Dr. George Stone were joined at the meeting by Brian Fessler, New York State School Boards Association Senior Governmental Relations Representative.
NY State Education Commissioner says students in 3-8 will have
"as much time as they need" on State Tests
Students in grades 3-8 will have as much time as they need to complete their state-mandated tests this year -- as long as they are "working productively," state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, said Wednesday.
A series of informative workshops took place at the recent New York State School Boards Association's annual convention. One of those was ADVOCACY 101: A Guide to Legislative Advocacy in New York State. This informative presentation looks at who the top representatives in state government are, the process used in developing legislation, and the role of advocacy. To view the entire presentation, click here.
For updated information on New York State School Boards Association 2015 Legislative Platform, click here.