A.G. Schneiderman and Commissioner Elia Issue Reminder That NYS Protects Transgender Students

In this joint press release, A.G. Schneiderman and State Education Commissioner Elia issue a reminder that New York State protects transgender students.

News and Notes: State Education Department Releases High School Graduation Rates

This edition of News and Notes provides information about high school graduation rates, Commissioner Elia's P-12 education budget presentation, the SUNY Smart Track High School Financial Literacy Website and Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month.

2017 P-12 Education Budget Testimony

Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Education; presentation by Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.

News and Notes: Proposed School Health Regulation Changes Ease Burden on School Districts

In this edition of News and Notes, I provide updates related to the following: Proposed school health regulation changes; Proposed regulation changes to provide greater flexibility in reissuance of classroom certificates and supplementary certificates; Combatting opioid and heroin use and abuse; 2018 Teacher of the Year nominations; and Resources and activities for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Funding Opportunity: Removing Barriers to CTE Programs for English Language Learner’s and Students with Disabilities Grant Application

To ensure that all students have a pathway that leads to college and career readiness, $1 million is available to provide Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs with support and resources to eliminate barriers to Students With Disabilities (SWD) and English Language Learners (ELL)/Multilingual Learners (MLL), encourage participation in and equitable access to CTE programs and activities, and promote gender diversity in non-traditional career paths.

State Education Commissioner Elia and A.G. Schneiderman Offer Guidance To Help Ensure Schools Are Safe Havens For Learning

Letter to School Leaders Provides Resources for Complying with the Dignity for All Students Act and Preventing and Addressing Hate-Based Actions

News and Notes: Happy American Education Week!

It's American Education Week! This week is a good opportunity to celebrate public education and also to reflect on everything you do to make a difference for children in New York State. I truly appreciate all of your contributions and efforts to help students succeed.

News and Notes: ELA and Math Learning Standards Public Comment Open Through November 14

In this issue, we ask educators, parents, and the public to review the new draft P-12 English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards and provide us with feedback.

Funding Opportunity: State-Level Evaluation of the New York State 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Program

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking proposals for the State-level evaluation of its 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program that is required by the United States Department of Education (USDOE). The selected evaluator will assess the extent to which the expected outcomes of this program have been achieved. The results of this evaluation will be used to guide NYSED’s efforts to: direct and improve its administration of the program; provide assistance to local grantees; and improve program quality and outcomes for participating students.

Funding Opportunity: Intensive Teacher Institute for Teachers of the Blind and Visually Impaired (ITI-TVI)

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) intends to establish an Intensive Teacher Institute (ITI) for Teachers of the Blind and Visually Impaired (TVI) for a five-year period, subject to continued availability of funds for such purposes. NYSED anticipates that two awards will be made. The annual maximum award amount made to each of the two programs will be $122,750.

Funding Opportunity: 2017-2022 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Application

The purpose of 21st Century Community Learning Centers is to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities in community learning centers.

The SIRS Refresh for VR11, VR12 and VR14 has Completed

The SIRS refresh for 2015-16 has completed and verification reports 11, 12 and 14 have been refreshed. We apologize for the delay.
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