Quote of the Week
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Martin Luther King
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Reminder-Don't forget to fill out the 2020 Census.
The census determines the distribution of both federal and state aid to education. Inaccuracies in the census data can result in critical losses of education aid.
Do our part to help get an accurate count! It take 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 April 30 have been cancelled.
This currently includes our April15 Information Exchange and April 29 Labor Relations meeting. Please monitor your email for further details on 2021 topics and meeting schedules.
Up-dates will be posted as additional information is available. We thank you for your patience as we all try to navigated 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 National Association of Music Merchants ranked the Top Communities for music education. In 2019, nine school districts in Monroe County were listed: Brighton, Churchville-Chili, East Irondequoit, Honeoye Falls-Lima, Penfield, Pittsford, Rush-Henrietta, Webster and West Irondequoit.
The US News and World Report rankings for NYS state schools have 6 Monroe County schools: Pittsford, Brighton, Penfield, Honeoye Falls-Lima, Fairport and West Irondequoit.
The Washington Post listed seven Monroe County schools in the 100 most challenging schools in NYS: Pittsford Mendon High School, Brighton High School, Pittsford Sutherland High School, Webster Thomas High School, Honeoye-Falls Lima High School, West Irondequoit High School and East Irondequoit High School.
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%.
According to Education Week’s 2016 "Quality Counts" report card, NYS schools rank 9th in the nation with a grade of B-, but for equity in K-12 achievement, NYS received an A- (this grade is based on both poverty achievement gaps and progress in closing those gaps).
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 CSD
Twelve Corners MS, Brighton CSD
Victor Jr.HS, Victor CSD