On January 21, 2015, Governor Cuomo unveiled his “ambitious P-12 education agenda” for 2015 in his State of the State address.

On January 21, 2015, Governor Cuomo unveiled his “ambitious P-12 education agenda” for 2015 in his State of the State address. Among other things, the Governor proposed reforms to the State’s teacher evaluation system, an increase in the length of the probationary period for teachers and the expeditious removal of chronically ineffective teachers. The […]

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APPR Update – Governor Vetoes “Safety Net” Legislation

On December 29, 2014, Governor Cuomo vetoed a bill (A. 10168) originally proposed by the Governor and passed by the State Legislature in June 2014 that would have provided a “safety net” calculation for any teacher or principal rated as Developing or Ineffective for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years where their APPR rating […]

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The New York State Attorney General and the New York State Education Department Compliance Review of District Enrollment Procedures for Unaccompanied Minors and Other Undocumented Students

On October 23, 2014, the New York State Attorney General (OAG) and the New York State Education Department (“SED”) issued a press release regarding a compliance review of school districts’ enrollment policies and procedures for unaccompanied minors and other undocumented students. According to the press release, OAG and SED will initially focus the […]

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United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights “Dear Colleague” Guidance Letter on Bullying of Students with Disabilities

On October 21, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued a “Dear Colleague” Guidance Letter detailing school districts’ responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (“Section 504”) and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“Title II”) regarding the bullying of students with disabilities.

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New Law Relating to Instruction in CPR

On October 21, 2014, Governor Cuomo signed into law an amendment to Section 305 of the Education Law relating to instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (“CPR”) and the use of automated external defibrillators (“AEDs”) in senior high schools (Chapter 417 of the Laws of 2014).

 

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New Legislation Regarding Mandated Reporters of Suspected Child Abuse

Chapter 205 of the Laws of 2014 amended the Social Services Law to expand the list of persons responsible for reporting cases of suspected child abuse to include a “full-time or part-time compensated school employee required to hold a temporary coaching license or professional coaching certificate”. The amendment will be effective on July 1, […]

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APPR – Termination of Probationary Teachers and Principals

After an emergency amendment was adopted by the Board of Regents in June 2014 relating to the termination of probationary teachers and principals for reasons other than their APPR composite score or rating, the State Education Department issued updated guidance explaining the change and its effect on school districts’ obligations under Education Law […]

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Continued Use of Lever Voting Machines

On August 11, 2014, the Governor signed Chapter 273 of the Laws of 2014 to allow for the use of lever voting machines by school districts through December 31, 2015. The new legislation takes effect immediately and as a result, school districts are permitted to continue using lever voting machines if they are available […]

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Inquiries Regarding Data Privacy and Security Guidance from NYSED

Recent guidance from the New York State Education Department regarding protection of student data imposes new obligations on school districts and other educational agencies.

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New Legislation Relating to APPR and Common Core

In the final hours of this year’s legislative session, the State Legislature passed a bill (A.10168) which is reportedly intended to mitigate any negative consequences to classroom teachers and building principals whose APPR ratings were affected by the transition to the Common Core.  The legislation applies to any classroom teacher or building principal […]

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