State of Education: NYS School Board Association’s 93rd annual Convention and Education Expo
More than 2,000 educators from across New York State arrived in Rochester for the New York State School Board Association’s 93rd annual Convention and Education Expo. Vince Gallagher reports.
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"These will be mostly school board members, superintendents, other central office administrators, exhibitors, guests, you name it," said Tim Kremer, NYSSBA Executive Director.
This year includes more than 100 seminars covering everything from school bullying and curriculum topics to financial resources and legal issues
"There's a whole bunch of stuff that we put together so school board members get the opportunity to see all the things they need to be aware of when serving on a school board," said Kremer.
One of the highlights of this convention is the networking, where superintendents and school board members can talk about the state of education. In the meantime, they can learn from each other and take that insight back home.
"And somebody says we had that same issue and here's how we handled it and the amount of information that goes back to school districts from a convention like this is enormous, we think there's real value here,” said Kremer.
We can't forget the special guests, including state Commissioner of Education John King
"My expectation is he's going to spend a significant amount of time talking about common core standards, about annual professional performance reviews, which is the new way of evaluating teachers and principals, linking that to student progress,” said Kremer.
And competitive grant programs, which are administered through the state Education Department. Delegates form member school districts will also put forward proposals.
"Regional high schools, eliminating the state's spending cap, which is now tied to personal income growth, parent trigger laws," said Kremer.
Which deals with parents basically taking over schools they aren't satisfied with, essentially becoming charter schools, which by the way, is not currently a law in New York State. But it is subject to a vote.
"There will often times by a split vote, but majority rules, and that will position us now to say here is our position on that particular issue," said Kremer.