A CALL FOR UNITY AND A CALL FOR ACTION - The Statewide School Finance Consortium is asking its member school districts to adopt resolutions to end Gap Elimination Adjustments in the 2015-16 state budget and appoint a Berger-style Commission for reforming school funding. You can help – act NOW!  Get materials by clicking above

ICSD BOARD CALLS FOR END TO GEA: The Ithaca City School District Board of Education passed a revised resolution at their reorganization meeting on July 1 that calls for the New York State Legislature to end the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) when adopting New York State’s 2015-16 annual budget. The Ithaca CSD has lost $20.9 million in much-needed aid to the GEA since 2010, when the state implemented it. “The ‘temporary’ GEA must be ended,” said ICSD school board member Brad Grainger.  Click above for link

GETTING TO KNOW “THE FIRST GLOBALS”  The special guest for our Annual Meeting on May 29 was John Zogby, internationally respected pollster, political analyst, national media commentator, columnist and author. Zogby discussed what he learned while working on his latest book, ”First Globals: Understanding, Managing, and Unleashing Our Millennial Generation.” The more than 76 millions Americans born between 1979 and 1994 are a tech savvy, socially conscious and well traveled group. They will make up 30 percent of the workforce by the end of this decade and 30 percent of the electorate by 2024. “As a group, they need to be taken very, very seriously,” Zogby said. CLICK THE YELLOW LINK ABOVE FOR MORE.

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SSFC’s Dr. Rick Timbs and Port Byron’s Supt., Neil O’Brien, talk education funding in a roundtable discussion hosted by WCNY Capitol Correspondent Susan Arbetter.

Watch the roundtable on WCNY’s “Insight” (Aug. 29 episode): CLICK HERE
Listen to the roundtable on “The Capitol Pressroom” (Sept. 1 podcast):  CLICK HERE

SSFC’s Dr. Rick Timbs talks public education funding and the GEA on Rochester public radio station WXXI (July 31).  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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