Archive for December, 2011

Hank Grishman chosen 2012 New York State Superintendent of the Year

December 27th, 2011 by Robert Lowry

Last week, the Council named Henry (Hank) Grishman the 2012 new York State Superintendent of the Year.

Mr. Grishman has served as Superintendent of the Jericho Union Free School District of Nassau County since 1995.

Announcing the selection, Council President Marilyn Terranova, said,

Hank’s selection recognizes his career of successful school district leadership serving diverse communities across our state, as well as his support for colleagues through wide-ranging contributions to the Council’s work.

Mr. Grishman has served as a superintendent in five New York State school districts covering a span of 33 years.

He is also a past President of the Council.

Here is the Council’s news release announcing the selection.

And here is Newsday’s coverage.

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Hitting the reset button on School Aid

December 15th, 2011 by Robert Lowry

The Board of Regents adopted its School Aid proposal for 2012-13 this week.

The Regents proposal would attempt to re-start the Foundation Aid formula which was first enacted in 2007 as a resolution of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity’s challenge to the constitutionality of the state’s system of funding public schools.

Big increases in Foundation Aid were approved in 2007-08 and 2008-09, but the formula has been frozen for the past three years.

Meanwhile total aid from all formulas (excluding Building Aid and Universal Prekindergarten) has been reduced through large “Gap Elimination Adjustments” in each of the last two years.

The Regents propose an overall increase in aid of $805 million or 4.1 percent, consistent with the unique two-year appropriation for School Aid in the current state budget.

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Debating school district consolidation

December 9th, 2011 by Robert Lowry

State Education Commissioner John King has sparked a debate over school district consolidation…

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Leaders’ agreement improves budget outlook for schools

December 7th, 2011 by Robert Lowry

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos announced agreement on a package of legislation expected to be approved during a special legislative session this week.

The agreement improves the outlook for School Ai in next year’s state budget.

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Commissioner King on school funding equity, bold consolidation, implementing reform, and SED performance

December 1st, 2011 by Robert Lowry

Middletown Times Herald Record columnist Meghan Murphy had a far-ranging interview with State Education Commissioner John King last week.

In the interview the Commissioner offers views on school funding equity, the need to consider a bolder approach to school district consolidation, implementing the Regents Reform Agenda, and the performance of the State Education Department.

It is worth reading, here.

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State Budget Outlook and School Aid — Updated

December 1st, 2011 by Robert Lowry

A summary of state budget deficit forecasts and School Aid projections…

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