May 2015 – In This Issue
In the Spotlight...
Board of Regents to Extend the Deadline for the New Teacher Evaluation System
The NYS Education Department is planning to change the current
November 2015 deadline of the controversial new teacher evaluation system.
Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch has instructed the Education
Department to shift that deadline to September 2016.
to read more.
Proposed New Laws on Testing, APPR and Regents Selection
On May 4, Education Chairs Senator John Flanagan and Assemblywoman Catherine
Nolan jointly proposed legislation which would make major amendments to the
APPR and other education-related laws, including reforming the way Regents
are selected, extending the public comment period on APPR regulations, and
establishing a committee to review standardized test content.
to learn more about these and other education reform bills.
New Bill Establishes Protocol for Schools to Notify Parents of Suicidal Students
Senator John Flanagan and Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti have sponsored a new
bill that would require schools to adopt policies and procedures to notify
parents and guardians if a student expresses an intention to commit suicide.
to read more.
Over six million children suffer from an emotional, behavioral or
developmental issue. Three in four emerge early in life. One out of every
three of these children do not have adequate insurance. Many of these kids
receive special education services.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It is important to raise awareness
about the issues and causes integral to children's mental health across the
The Federal government will propose new regulations that would require
Medicaid to cover mental health services at the same level as other medical
and surgical services. This means that Medicaid would be held to the
standards established in the 2008 Mental Health Party legislation.
Additional information can be found
The American Psychiatric Association is releasing a guide to the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th ed
The resource, Understanding Mental Disorders: Your Guide To DSM-5
information about risk factors, symptoms and treatment options, as well as
success stories, all in plain English.
More information about the American Psychiatric Association and the DSM-5
can be found