Education in New York State
As more American students attend charter schools, educators are gleaning important lessons for addressing lingering challenges, said experts at a June 10 Institute Forum. Speakers were Chester E. Finn Jr. of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and Stanford University, and Douglas Lemov of Uncommon Schools.
A Public Policy Forum — June 10, 2009
The next round of education reform — including establishment of new national standards — will be driven by the states, with New York among those leading the way, State Education Commissioner Richard P. Mills told educators, legislators and researchers at this Institute event. He predicted that the $4.4 billion in federal stimulus money intended to reward states that have taken the lead in pursuing federal reform priorities will be won by consortia rather than individual states. Mills' talk also covered a range of other current education topics, including standards, outcomes, financing, technology and more.
A Public Policy Forum —May 4, 2009
The current status and future prospects for the nation's charter schools were the topics of this public policy forum. Presenting the latest facts and findings was Jonas S. Chartock, executive director of the State University of New York's Charter Schools Institute. SUNY is the state's largest charter school authorizer, with 63 charter schools approved for operation to date.
A Public Policy Forum —March 11, 2009
The Sole Supervisory District of Sullivan County: A Study of Potential Educational Reorganization of the Sullivan County BOCES[PDF]
The Sullivan County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) should merge with neighboring Orange-Ulster BOCES to improve the educational and management services provided to students and school districts, a Rockefeller Institute report for the state Education Department finds. A merger would provide Sullivan County BOCES with access to enhanced resources and expertise, with resulting benefits offsetting the challenges posed by combining the two organizations, the study concludes.
The Rockefeller Institute of Government, January 2009
The Supervisory District of Otsego, Delaware, Schoharie, and Greene Counties: A Study of Potential Educational Reorganization in the Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES[PDF]
A study of the Otsego Northern Catskills Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) Supervisory District of Otsego, Delaware, Schoharie, and Greene Counties, conducted by the Institute for the New York State Department of Education. Includes recommendations on the structure of the Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES relative to neighboring BOCES regions.
The Rockefeller Institute of Government, November 2008
Rockefeller Institute Deputy Director Robert B. Ward presented the Institute's research on special education trends in New York State to the Governor's Commission on Property Tax Relief. Among other findings, the presentation notes that special education classification rates throughout the state have risen over the past decade, while the Board of Regents has urged school districts to reduce classification of students as disabled. In addition, the Institute found, New York classifies more students as disabled and devotes a larger share of its education spending to special education than most states — but measures of successful outcomes in New York are often below average.
Robert B. Ward, October 2008
To Build New Strengths: The Future of Clinton Community College, and of North Country Community College[PDF]
Clinton Community College and North Country Community College could explore deeper collaboration and other options for strengthening the educational services they provide across a sprawling region of Northern New York State, according to a new report from the Rockefeller Institute. The report was conducted at the request of New York State Sen. Elizabeth Little, whose district includes the two institutions. It examined a number of possible options for their future.
David Shaffer, July 28, 2008
A Public Policy Forum with Thomas W. Carroll, President, Foundation for Education Reform & Accountability, and Founder and Chairman, Brighter Choice Charter Schools. Respondents: Sandra Vergari, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies, University at Albany; and Allison Armour-Garb, Director, Education Studies, Rockefeller Institute of Government. February 13, 2008
The Supervisory District of Albany, Schoharie, Schenectady, and Saratoga Counties: A Study of Potential Educational Reorganization in the Capital Region[PDF]
A study of the Capital Region Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) Supervisory District of Albany, Schoharie, Schenectady, and Saratoga Counties for the New York State Department of Education. The study includes recommendations on Capital Region BOCESâ€™ structure relative to neighboring BOCES regions; individual school districts in Schoharie County; the City School District of Albany; and the potential for further study of BOCES operations in the area from the Catskills to Hamilton, Herkimer, Madison, and Oneida counties.
The Rockefeller Institute of Government, July 2007
A Public Policy Forum with Judy Doesschate, Albany City Schools Board of Education, and William Lake, Vice President for School Fiscal Accountability, Charter Schools Institute, State University of New York. March 28, 2007
This article explores the potential for creation of new, regional governmental entities on the BOCES model to give counties, towns, villages, fire, and special districts the same flexible opportunities to share services that school districts enjoy now. A related option would be to use BOCES themselves to serve municipal entities as they now serve school districts.
Robert B. Ward, Government, Law and Policy Journal, Winter 2007
A Public Policy Forum with John B. Clark, Interim Chancellor, The State University of New York; Edward F. Cox, State University of New York Board of Trustees; Dennis Golladay, Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges, State University of New York; Donald C. Katt, President, Ulster County Community College; Phil White, Dean of the Schools of Business and Engineering and Industrial Technologies, Hudson Valley Community College; Robert N. Brower, CEO, Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology, Cayuga Community College, Inc.; Richard P. Nathan, Co-Director, The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government; Steven Bruckman, Executive Vice Chancellor, California Community Colleges; Robert B. Ward, Deputy Director, The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government; Edward Reinfurt, Acting Executive Director, New York State Foundation for Science, Technology, and Innovation; and Mario Musolino, Executive Deputy Commissioner, New York State Department of Labor. June 27, 2007