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Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Click here to read Volume 33 of the ICSD Insider.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Dr. Daggett will speak about college and career readiness and the successes and challenges of Common Core implementation
Distinguished lecturer William (Bill) Daggett will speak about the “why” of educational reform at Kulp Auditorium in Ithaca on Thursday, March 13, 2014. Dr. Daggett’s presentation, “The Facts about College and Career Readiness: Successes and Challenges of Common Core Implementation,” will focus on how our schools are preparing students for post-secondary education and employment. The event will be hosted by TST BOCES and is open to community members throughout the region.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Daggett come and address caregivers, educators and community partners about the opportunities and challenges our students face after they leave our schools,” said Ithaca City School District Superintendent Luvelle Brown. “Anyone looking for a better understanding of the Common Core and whether our schools are on the right track will find Dr. Daggett’s presentation immensely useful.”
Dr. Daggett is the CEO of the International Center for Leadership in Education and has been recognized worldwide for his ability to move preK–12 education systems toward more rigorous and relevant skills and knowledge for all students. He has experience as a teacher and administrator at the secondary and post-secondary levels and as a director with the New York State Education Department, where he spearheaded restructuring initiatives to focus the state’s education system on the skills and knowledge students need in a technological, information-based society. He also serves on several advisory boards, including the NASA Education Advisory Board and the USA Today Education Advisory Board.
“Dr. Daggett is an enlightening and entertaining speaker who not only highlights the value of our education system, but also inspires audiences to think differently about 21st-century education and how schools must adapt to meet the needs of a new generation of students,” said TST BOCES District Superintendent Jeffrey Matteson.
“The Facts about College and Career Readiness: Successes and Challenges of Common Core Implementation” will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Kulp Auditorium, which is located on the Ithaca High School campus at 1401 North Cayuga Street. Click here to view a flier for the event.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Dear community members,
In conjunction with the New York State School Board Association, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) strongly supports the elimination of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). The GEA was introduced in 2010 as a way for our state government to close its budget deficit. Since the 2009-2010 school year, New York State has deducted state aid allocation from each school district in order to help the State fill its revenue shortfall. In the ICSD, the implementation of GEA has meant a total reduction of $17,999,272. This year, our school district is set to lose another $3.18 million for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Over the past four budget cycles and particularly since the implementation of the GEA, the ICSD has aggressively used fund reserves and temporary federal stimulus money to plug holes. Unfortunately, these measures are never sustainable. To compound this issue, the governor’s budget proposal for the upcoming budget cycle includes minimal state aid increases to schools. Additionally, the New York state tax cap doesn’t allow the district to raise additional money to cover costs.
The elimination of the GEA would help prevent further adjustments in programs and services for our students. Continued reductions through the GEA are not a viable long-term solution to fiscal challenges when our students and teachers must continue to meet high performance standards. This trend of reductions cannot continue without threatening the quality and equality of education available to all our students. Our current fiscal reality is that unless the GEA is eliminated, the ICSD will face significant staffing and programmatic adjustments in its 2014-2015 budget.
To voice your support for the elimination of the Gap Elimination Adjustment, call or email your state senator and your assembly member. Look up your representatives at http://www.nysenate.gov/senators and http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?sh=search.
Luvelle Brown, Ed.D
Thursday, February 20, 2014