Prospective Candidates Get Inside Look at School Board Service
More than 30 prospective school board candidates from area school districts signed up for the Prospective School Board Member workshop held by the Erie County Association of School Boards. Topics included "School Boards and the Law," "A Superintendent's Viewpoint (What I Wish Every Candidate Knew)," and "The Election Process." Hodgson Russ attorneys Karl Kristoff and Melanie Beardsley and Amherst School Superintendent Dr. Laura Chabe were presenters. Several ECASB Executive Board members and other veteran school board members also spent the morning with the prospective candidates, where they discussed topics such as what it's like to run for office and the realities of being a school board member in panel and round table discussions.
Those who wish to run for election to their local school board must file nominating petitions with their district by April 20 (for small city school districts, the date is April 29). Elections will be held on Tuesday, May 19. For additional information, contact the District Clerk at your local school district. Eligibility requirements to run for a school board are: a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, a qualified voter in the school district, and able to read and write. Candidates must be continuous residents of their district for one year before the election.
Posted on Thursday, 02 April 2015 14:02
The call continues, end GEA
The Erie County Association of School Boards (ECASB) is focused on educating community members and legislators about the negative impact of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) on schools across the country. People have taken notice and spoken up but the elected, unpaid, school board members who comprise ECASB stress that the momentum needs to continue.
"These are the final days until the anticipated state budget adoption," said Scott Johnson, Sweet Home Board of Education President and Legislative Team Leader for ECASB. "Our representatives need to hear that siphoning $482 million out of Erie County classrooms to fill a non-existent deficit is reprehensible and has to stop."
Since ECASB's call to action in February, dozens of rallies have popped up locally, mirroring concerns of communities across the state. Participation at the rallies has ranged from 50 to many hundreds of people, but it was the ECASB's county-wide "Fund Our Schools" Rally on March 12 that provided a regional perspective on fair taxes, fair funding and a fair state aid formula.
Posted on Thursday, 19 March 2015 09:37
'Equity, not adequacy, is the funding issue'
Did you know that $1 out of every $10 spent on education in the U.S. is spent in New York State? So said David Little, Executive Director of the Rural Schools Association, at the ECASB "Albany Update" Winter Dinner program. "Equity, not adequacy, is the funding issue," he said. New York State is not in a position to institute new taxes even if it wanted to, he said, noting "We already have every tax in the nation, and we tax it at the highest rates."
Posted on Friday, 16 January 2015 09:27
Legislators Advocate for Restoration of GEA Aid Withheld by NYS
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.
Posted on Friday, 24 October 2014 11:29
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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FAIR taxes, FAIR funding, FAIR formula
Hamburg Board VP submits article to the Buffalo News
Call to End GEA Continues
State of Schools Report on GEA Loss to ECASB School Districts
Video on What is the GEA
David Little Fund Schools Fairly Video Clips
Below are video clips from David Little's presentation at our Fund Schools Fairly Rally on March 12. The first is a combination of several clips (Full Video Rally) and it runs in just under 8 minutes.
Full Video Rally
A Bizzare Law
Brunch With the Stars
On Our Leaders
On the Backs of Local Taxpayers
Red State Blue State
Reduction of Funding
Press release from Sen. Panepinto's office re Letter to Gov. & SED re Ken-Ton
Letter from Sen. Panepinto to Gov. & SED re Ken-Ton
ECASB Member Letters to Legislators
Rep. Angela Wozniak letter to ECASB re: Fair Taxes, Fair Funding, Fair Formula Giant Letter
Letter to Sen. Marc Panepinto from Jill O'Malley, KenTon BOE
Letter from Williamsville Superintendent Scott Martzloff to Gov. Cuomo
Here is a letter to Gov. Cuomo on behalf of the Erie Niagara School Superintendents Association
What's the GEA & why is it capsizing school districts?
See Depew School District's GEA Information Page
See East Aurora's GEA Information Page
See Springville GI's 60-second advocacy letter to contact elected officials
Sen. Ranzenhofer letter to Gov. Cuomo Calls for Elimination of GEA
Sen. Ranzenhofer letter to ECASB regarding his correspondence with Governor to release Aid Runs
WNY Delegation Members Seek End to GEA: VIDEO
Letter Template calling for End of GEA and Aid Restoration
ECASB letters to Gov. Cuomo and Sheldon Silver re Ending the GEA
Springville GI resolution opposing mandatory participation in stand alone field testing
NYSSBA Resolutions Rebuttals:
Two ECASB school districts, Springville and West Seneca, have submitted rebuttal statements to a NYS School Boards Association resolution supporting the use of student
performance in APPR to be voted on at the Annual Business Meeting in NYC. The proposed NYSSBA resolutions can be viewed here.
The rebuttal statements can be viewed here:
ECASB Legislative Team sends post cards to legislators about school funding. Read some of them here.
Sen. Grisanti responds to concerns about Senate Budget proposal. Read the letter here.
ECASB Superintendent says Albany must provide leadership to implement Common Core Standards.
Read about it here.
ECASB District Resolutions re NYS Assessments:
Kenton School District
Springville GI School District
Sequestration and Your Schools: Click here for Q&A from the National School Boards Association
Issues & School Fiscal Updates...ECASB 2013 Legislative Breakfast Report.
School Boards Speak on Sequestration
Buffalo Board of Education resolution on sequestration
Projected Impact of Sequestration on Sweet Home Schools
This information will be presented to Congressman Brian Higgins office during the National School Boards Association Federal Relations Network in Washington, D.C.
Click here for ECASB letters to Federal Representatives regarding Sequestration
See below for Federal Representatives Responses to ECASB (Effective Dec. 5, 2012)
Congressman Brian Higgins
Also, see the Springville Griffith Institute's Nov. 14, 2012 Sequestration Resolution urging "Congress and the Administration to amend the Budget Control Act to mitigate the drastic cuts to education that would affect our students and communities, and to protect education as an investment critical to economic stability and American competitiveness."