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The Lakeland Board of Education, at its January 7, 2016 meeting, approved a resolution regarding calling on their district's elected representatives in Albany to repeal the Gap Elimination Adjustment and to increase foundation aid to all school districts statewide.

NY Suburban Consortium Starts Petition Drive to Governor Cuomo on Fully Funding Aid to Education
The NY Suburban Consortium has begun a petition asking the Governor to restore full funding to our schools and repay all fund owed to schools in full.

New York State School Boards Association Issues 2016 Legislative Agenda
With the start of the 2016 legislative session just weeks away, the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team is already hard at work advancing the association's agenda. Read more about the work at:

New York State Board of Regents Passes Moratorium on Use of State Test Scores (December 2015)
New York took another step toward removing state test scores as a component in teacher evaluations on Monday, when members of the Board of Regents voted in favor of a four-year moratorium on their use.

The vote completed a sharp reversal of the state’s policy earlier this year, when the Legislature voted to increase the weight of test scores in evaluations.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Common Core Committee Recommendations (Dec. 2015)
The Task Force recommended overhauling Common Core and adopting new, high quality, locally-driven New York State-specific designed standards. It also recommends reducing over-testing to reduce anxiety. Read more:

Deadline Approaching for Comments on the State Education Department's Common Core Survey (November 2015)
New York State Senator Terrence Murphy has sent a reminder that comments can still be made on the Common Core Survey. There are now two important opportunities to make your views known on this important topic.

The State Education Department (SED) has an online survey designed to gather input and feedback from parents, teachers, students and school districts on Common Core. I encourage you to log on to and take the survey. The survey will be open until Nov 30th, so please don’t wait. Your input and feedback are crucial for SED to move forward with a fresh approach.

In addition, the Common Core Task Force created by the Governor is also looking for your input through their website at  It offers the ability to submit ideas, share stories and provide public testimony. Feedback will be also accepted through November 30, 2015.

I have always worked to be a strong advocate for parents, students and teachers, and I will continue doing all that I can to make sure that the standards used in our schools are sensible and fair for everyone.

BOSTON — It has been one of the most stubborn problems in education: With 50 states, 50 standards and 50 tests, how could anyone really know what American students were learning, or how well?

At a dinner with colleagues in 2009, Mitchell Chester, Massachusetts’s commissioner of education, hatched what seemed like an obvious answer — a national test based on the Common Core standards that almost every state had recently adopted.

Now Dr. Chester finds himself in the awkward position of walking away from the very test he helped create.

On his recommendation, the State Board of Education decided last week that Massachusetts would go it alone and abandon the multistate test in favor of one to be developed for just this state. The move will cost an extra year and unknown millions of dollars.

Board of Regents Asks for 10% Increase in Education Aid (11/18/15)
ALBANY - The New York State Board of Regents, New York’s education policymakers, want the state to put another $2.4 billion toward schools next year as districts face “many financial challenges,” including increases in health-care costs and the minimum wage.

Governor's Common Core Task Force Listening Sessions

The Common Core Task Force has been holding listening sessions throughout the state. The meetings have been open to the public.

Bedford Superintendent Named Cuomo's Education Aide (October 28, 2015)

Jere Hochman, who has headed the Bedford Central School District since 2008, will leave to become Cuomo’s deputy secretary for education.

(FROM THE NY TIMES, Oct. 24, 2015) Faced with mounting and bipartisan opposition to increased and often high-stakes testing in the nation’s public schools, the Obama administration declared Saturday that the push had gone too far, acknowledged its own role in the proliferation of tests, and urged schools to step back and make exams less onerous and more purposeful.

New York State's new Commissioner of Education, MaryEllen Elia has announced a survey seeking input from parents, staff and other community members on the Common Core Learning Standards.

The survey will be open until November 30, 2015. An advisory group - made up of stakeholders, particularly teachers, school administrators, and parents - will review the survey results and recommendations and present suggested changes to the standards.

Board of Regents Chancellor Calls For Review of Teacher and Principal Evaluations (Oct. 20, 2015)
Merryl Tisch, chancellor of the state Board of Regents, told about 500 school board members attending a state convention in Manhattan that the toughened law, pushed through the legislature in April by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, is "full of problems."

Governor Cuomo Statement on Testing (October 4, 2015)
"An unrealistic timetable may undermine a much needed look at standards and testing"

"We should have New York standards, developed by New York state and local professionals for New York students," he said as he outlined the need for a review, and revision, of Common Core."