- Governors State of the State Message calls for Major School Aid Formula Reform
- 2000 Pathfinder Awards
- 2001 Draft Legislative Program
- National Goals Panel
The Governor, in his State of the State message, unveiled a plan to simplify the current system of providing school aid by consolidating 11 state aid formulas to create a new Flex Aid program to give school districts much greater flexibility in how they use nearly $10 billion in State aid. Under this formula all school districts would receive some level of operating aid increase and there would be no cap in the maximum amount of aid for which a district could be eligible. The Governors proposed formula would also include rewards for improved student performance on statewide achievement test and increased graduation rates.
More details about how this new formula would operate are expected in the Governors budget to be presented later this month.
Other elements of the Governors education agenda include, but are not limited to:
- a plan for recruiting and retaining qualified teachers,
- a plan for alternative certification,
- career ladders for paraprofessionals,
- enabling certain retirees to become teachers and retired teachers to come back to teaching in certain shortage areas.
- master teacher awards
- recruitment scholarships
- certification stipends
The following 27 schools are winners of The Business Councils Pathfinder awards:
The Roosevelt Island School
The Beekman Hill
Crispus Attucks School
Brooklyn New School
Hill Elementary School
Island Elementary School
Road Elementary School
School of Rochester
Pinnacle School (#35)
Road Elementary School
Longfellow Elementary School
Mt. Vernon NY
Port Chester, NY
Franklin Square, NY
X. Hegarty School
Island Park, NY
Richmond Hill, NY
Abigail Adams School
City Island School
New York, NY
These schools have been chosen to receive the award because they showed the greatest percentage improvement in their area (as defined by judicial district) over 1999 on the state English Language Arts test and they had more than 50% of their students meeting or exceeding the state English Language Arts standards.
Except in those instances were only tenths of a percentage point separated schools, the two most improved schools in a judicial district received the award.
and $1000 award are being presented to the schools by The Business
Council and local chambers of commerce.
For years the business community has called for stronger academic performance in the schools. The Board of Regents responded by significantly raising standards. Schools across the state in districts large or small, rich or poor, are rising to the challenge. Therefore we felt it right that business recognize those schools that have made the most improvement with the Pathfinder Award.
the recognition; theyve responded to the call for higher performance,
and they need to know that the business community appreciates their
accomplishment. We also want to draw widespread attention to these
schools because they prove that it can be done.
To date the statewide sponsors of the program are:
- Corning Incorporated
- Michael D. Marvin, Chairman of the Board of MapInfo
- Golub Corporation
- Con Edison
- Fleet Bank
- The Pike Company
- Frontier Communications
Local business support has also been provided by ALCOA, International Paper, Texaco and Dexter Corporation, in conjunction with chambers of commerce in their areas.
is an original work of art designed and produced by Richard Harrington,
South Lima, New York.
If you would like to join us in supporting and expanding this program, please contact Margarita Mayo.
Enclosed you will find our draft education and job training legislative program for 2001. We expect it to be adopted at our January 16, 2000 Board meeting. If you have any comments or questions, please contact Margarita Mayo before January 16th.
The National Goals Panel has recently developed education-related information specific to the states, including New York State.
The information contains summaries of states progress toward the National Education Goals. It also includes national and international comparisons for mathematics, science and reading achievement. Also available is a fact sheet that highlights New York States particular successes.
The Goals Panel is an excellent resource for education data and information on education reform efforts at the local, state, and federal level.
More information can be accessed through their web site at: www.negp.gov.