Quote of the Week
"Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education."
Franklin D. Roosevelt
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Reminder-Don't forget to fill out the 2020 Census.
The 2020 Census determines the distribution of both federal and state aid to education for the next 10 years. Inaccuracies in the census data can result in critical losses of education aid, at a time when the money is needed most.
Do our part to help get an accurate count! It takes about 5 minutes to complete.
MCSBA members can find "Talking Points" on the 2020 Census in the resource section of the members only tab.
Information for Board of Education Candidates
MCSBA was unable to hold their ususal prospecive candidates seminar due to the coronavirus outbreak. We did however prepare a document on "Frequently Asked Questions" about serving as a Board of Education member. There are 2 appendices one on the difference between the roles of a board member and a superintendent and another on potential governance issues board members can face.
Please feel free to contact the MCSBA office with any additional information needs or questions.
As per NYS guidance, all in person MCSBA meetings through June 3 have been cancelled.
Board Presidents meeting via Zoom May 20th. Look in your email for details.
MCSBA Annual Meeting is being conducted by email. Voting results are due June 22. Check with your Board Clerk or Beckie Schultz for details.
Meeting up-dates will be posted as additional information is available. We thank you for your patience as we all try to navigate through the coronavirus outbreak safely.
Our position papers are developed through the work of the Legislative Committee and are approved by both the Steering and Executive Committees.
State and Federal
- 2011 Mandates (Up-dated 3/2016)
Recommends solutions for unfunded and underfunded mandates.
- Public Education - The Federal Role: Support, Not Governance (Up-dated 12/2017,2019)
Identifies areas where Federal regulations overreach and corrections desired.
New York State
- 2020 Bus Drivers Needed!
- 2020 Impact of Staff Shortages on School Districts
- 2018 Supporting the Emotional Well Being of Students Outlines the increasing need for mental health services and funding and service provider availability constraints.
- 2018 Keeping our Schools Safe and Secure Outlines the need for local control over safety and security decisision and the need to for additional funding for implementation and research on best practices for school safety and security.
- 2017 The NYS Constitution and Public Education
Outines the need to fund public schools and not allow funding to be diverted to support other choice options.
- 2015 The Role of Regents & SED for Public Education (Up-dated 12/2017)
Outlines the responsibility of the Regents and SED to work with public leaders.
- 2017 The State's Investment in Public Education
Outline the NYS government has an obligation to support public education and must explore every source of revenue to support this mandate.
- 2011 Mandates (Up-dated 3/2016)
The combined graduation rate for all of Monroe County Schools (NYSED, 2018) is 88%, higher than the national rate of 84% and the state average of 80%.
The National Association of Music Merchants ranked the Top Communities for music education. In 2020, Thirteen school districts in Monroe County were listed: Brighton, Brockport, Churchville-Chili, East Irondequoit, Greece, Honeoye Falls-Lima, Penfield, Pittsford, RCSD, Rush-Henrietta, Webster, West Irondequoit and Wheatland Chili.
2019 Essential Elements: Schools to Watch(EE:STW):
The program, adopted in 2004, and entitled the Essential Elements: Schools-to-Watch Program (EE:STW) focuses on school improvement and recognition. EE:STW recognizes schools that demonstrate continuous improvement and excel in the following four domains; academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity, and organizational structure. The program is non competitive and is designed to promote and guide the school improvement process as well as highlight characteristics of high performing schools with middle grades.
Baytrail MS, Penfield CSD
Honeoye Falls Lima MS, HFL CS
Johanna Perrin MS, Fairport CSD
Martha Brown MS, Fairport CSD
Bay Trail M & Caulkins Road MS, Pittsford
Twelve Corners MS, Brighton CSD
Victor Jr.HS, Victor CSD