Hodgson Russ Collaboration of Honor Goes to Hamburg Schools for EMT Training & Certification
Partnering with Hamburg in this collaboration are Erie Community College, Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department, Boston Emergency Squad, Armor Volunteer Fire Company, Scranton Volunteer Fire Company, and Rural Metro Medical Services.
“This program allows students to work with mentors and give back to the community while showing them the value of helping others. This program teaches high school students life saving skills, well beyond what is taught in a traditional CPR course," said Christopher Zemrac, Hamburg High School Health Teacher.
Photo (from left): Michael Gallagher, Hamburg High School Principal, receives the Hodgson Russ Award for Collaboration from Andrew Loeb (Erie 1 BOCES BOE), Awards Review Team Chair; Dr. Jack Semler, President of Promoting Partnerships in Public Education (PPPE), and Karl Kristoff, Esq., Partner at Hodgson Russ.
Posted on Monday, 21 July 2014 08:28
Hodgson Russ Excellence in Collaboration Award Goes to Erie 2 CC BOCES Virtual Advanced Placement Academy
Erie 2's online and blended learning program uses teacher-developed AP content with a learning management system (Moodle) and video conferencing to cross district boundaries. Teachers and students receive mobile devices (iPads) with 4G connectivity to eliminate barriers to Internet access.
The districts assisted with teacher release time, student recruitment, scheduling assistance and technology support. Student instruction began with these AP courses: Biology, English Literature and Composition, English Language and Composition, Microeconomics (2 sections), Music Theory (2 sections), Psychology, Studio Drawing, U.S. Government and Politics (2 sections).
Posted on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 11:02
Online Petition for Gap Elimination Adjustment
Two teachers at Lake Shore have set up this online petition drive to let the NYS Legislature know the funding of education, specifically the Gap Elimination Adjustment, needs to be addressed now.
Click here or on the logo above to sign the petition!
Posted on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 15:12
Behind the Numbers of New York State's
Gap Elimination Adjustment
What It Means in the Depew School District
What It Means in the Ken-Ton School District
What It Means in the Lake Shore SD (Superintendent James Przepasniak)
What It Means in the Lake Shore SD (Assistant Supt. Admin/Finance Dan Pacos)
Posted on Thursday, 13 March 2014 12:40
Who's Doing What About the GEA?
The "Gap Elimination Adjustment," New York State's supposed one-time budgeting maneuver to pull back funding from schools in order to balance its own budget, has become a yearly budgeting practice, not just a one-time fix in time of fiscal crisis. As school districts lay off staff, cut programs and close buildings, what are your legislators doing about stopping the GEA and preserving your local schools? Here's a quick summary:
Posted on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 12:08
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ECASB Legislative Team sends post cards to legislators about school funding. Read some of them here.
Sen. Grisanti responds to concerns about Senate Budget proposal. Read the letter here.
ECASB Superintendent says Albany must provide leadership to implement Common Core Standards.
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ECASB District Resolutions re NYS Assessments:
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Sequestration and Your Schools: Click here for Q&A from the National School Boards Association
Issues & School Fiscal Updates...ECASB 2013 Legislative Breakfast Report.
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School Boards Speak on Sequestration
Buffalo Board of Education resolution on sequestration
Projected Impact of Sequestration on Sweet Home Schools
This information will be presented to Congressman Brian Higgins office during the National School Boards Association Federal Relations Network in Washington, D.C.
Click here for ECASB letters to Federal Representatives regarding Sequestration
See below for Federal Representatives Responses to ECASB (Effective Dec. 5, 2012)
Congressman Brian Higgins
Also, see the Springville Griffith Institute's Nov. 14, 2012 Sequestration Resolution urging "Congress and the Administration to amend the Budget Control Act to mitigate the drastic cuts to education that would affect our students and communities, and to protect education as an investment critical to economic stability and American competitiveness."
ECASB Testimony to Education Reform Commission in Buffalo
ECASB members at the Governor's Education Reform Commission Public Hearing in Buffalo were Linda Hoffman (Erie 2 BOCES), Kathyann Lorka (East Aurora), Scott Johnson (Sweet Home) and Jane Burzynski (Exec. Director). All submitted written testimony, Jane spoke before the panel. Topics and excerpts:
"Our request to you, as a Commission, is to be aware of how hard people are working for continual improvement to our educational system, and to be aware that continual improvement is unlikely without sufficient funding. To the end, we hope your work and recommendations can be aligned with those of the Mandate Relief Council. Our good intentions will come to naught without funding to support the technology, research, staffing and data needed for their implemantation."- Jane Burzynski (Executive Director)
"This is not a request to discontinue everything. Management should not be allowed to remove contract items just to get an agreement. All we ask is to level the playing field so that labor is not making money for just standing still. Relief from this one mandate would have such a significant effect on all school budgets. It will help us keep teachers and support staff instead of laying them off, it will allow us to maintain programs, instead of cutting them." - Scott Johnson (Sweet Home)
"The Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) requirements have been described as “the greatest unfunded mandate schools have ever seen.” The time, staffing, and processes required are an enormous lift for schools already working with reduced funding ... The massive amount of student testing as schools compile data and documentation also comes at a cost which must be absorbed by school districts. The State wants it, but the State does not have the money to pay for it ... We understand that the intention is to assess and improve learning, but the good intentions must be supported by funding ... the “side effects” of many of today’s mandates are threatening the existence of public education as we know it." - Kathyann Lorka (East Aurora)
Property Tax Cap Without Mandate Relief: "This is gonna kill us ..."
A property tax cap, without accompanying mandate relief, will be lethal to area school districts, Erie County School Board members were told at the 2011 ECASB School Finance Academy. "You've got a gun pointed right at you," warned Mike Ford, "This is gonna kill us." Sharing data from the Statewide School Finance Consortium, Mr. Ford, who is Superintendent of central New York's Phelps-Clifton Springs School District, spoke to more then 60 area school board members at the program entitled, "The Storm is Here."
He noted that Erie County school districts are not high wealth. "At tops, you are average," he said, referring to Amherst and Williamsville. When state aid to schools was reduced, he said, wealthy districts (Long Island area) lost less than 5% aid, but less wealthy districts lost as much as 28%. "The poorest districts got clobbered last year by gap elimination," he said. "Look where your region was, you got hit very hard by that gap elimination." Less wealthy districts suffer most because state aid funds a much greater percentage of their budgets. Because more money is lost, local taxes go even higher in poorer districts asthey try to make up the gap.