State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. admonished school board members across the state attending the annual convention of the New York State School Boards Association meeting at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Mary Pasciak education blogger for the Buffalo News covered the convention.
Addressing hundreds gathered to hear him on Friday, Commissioner King told them although districts are experiencing a decrease in enrollment, revenues and a tax cap, still they are expected to continue providing " a better education to students. And expected to "not...do more with less but do different with less" while encouraging them to allocate dwindling resources toward academic achievement.
King recommended distant learning as a way for districts to use technology better and for students to access courses not offered in the curriculum.
And the audience had an opportunity not only to hear the struggles other boards are confronting in districts around the state but to hear a distinguish panels of policy makers on a panel that included Chancellor Merryl Tisch, Regent Robert M. Bennett, Deputy Secretary for Education David Wakelyn, Buffalo School Board member and president of the state school boards association Florence Johnson and Katie Campos former director of the Buffalo ReformEd.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed Campos to the post of Assistant Secretary of Education in his administration last June.