ECASB news

Current State of Common Core & Albany Update are Topics of Winter Dinner Program

ECASB's Winter Dinner program for member school boards will be held on Jan. 15 at the Protocol. Topics will be "The Current State of Common Core," presented by Sue Benson, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction at Erie 2 CC BOCES, and an "Albany Update," from David Little, Executive Director of the Rural Schools Association. Members may register through their Superintendent's Office.

Posted on Thursday, 11 December 2014 16:16


Relationships with Community Workshop Covers FOIL & OML

About two dozen School District Clerks and Superintendent Secretaries from ECASB member districts convened at Erie 1 BOCES to hear Hodgson Russ partner Jeff Swiatek discuss "Relationships with the Community: FOIL, Open Meetings Law, Public Comment and Public Input." The workshop covered who and what is subject to the Freedom of Information Law, as well as what records are exempted, and the procedure for requesting and providing records under FOIL. The Open Meetings Law segment covered the specifics of when OML applies and the exceptions to the OML. Also discussed were topics that may be discussed in Executive Sessions of Boards of Education and confidentiality provisions, as well as meeting notice requirements.


Posted on Friday, 14 November 2014 12:45


Legislators Advocate for Restoration of GEA Aid Withheld by NYS

ECASB Schools Lost $483M Lost to NYS's School Aid Takeback
“More than 1700 jobs disappeared from Erie County School Districts over the past five years, many due to the $482.9 million that has been taken from school districts by New York State in a financial diversion called the ‘Gap Elimination Adjustment’ (GEA),” said Jane Burzynski, Erie County Association of School Boards (ECASB) Director of Programs and Services in releasing a report on the GEA's impact on ECASB member school districts. See the report here.

Several Superintendents and school board members gathered to review the report and meet with WNY legislators to press for elimination of the GEA, which began as a one year attempt by New York State at the start of the Great Recession to help put its own financial house in order. "Since then, it has simply become the annual withholding of school funding," said Mrs. Burzynski.

Read more: Legislators Advocate for Restoration of GEA Aid Withheld by NYS

Posted on Friday, 24 October 2014 11:29


Online Petition for Gap Elimination Adjustment


Two teachers at Lake Shore have set up this online petition drive to let the NYS Legislature know the  funding of education, specifically the Gap Elimination Adjustment, needs to be addressed now.

Click here or on the logo above to sign the petition!

Posted on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 15:12


GEA News

Behind the Numbers of New York State's
Gap Elimination Adjustment
What It Means in the Depew School District
What It Means in the Ken-Ton School District
What It Means in the Lake Shore SD (Superintendent James Przepasniak)
What It Means in the Lake Shore SD (Assistant Supt. Admin/Finance Dan Pacos)

Posted on Thursday, 13 March 2014 12:40


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