Tim Kremer

The schedule called for the New York State Legislature to be home for the summer by this week, but lawmakers are still in Albany as legislative leaders and Governor Andrew Cuomo try to reach agreement on a number of major issues, including making the 2 percent tax cap permanent, and changes to the charter school limit. While those are education issues, Tim Kremer, the Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association, says everything has been tied to just one issue.

New Yorkers gave overwhelming approval to their local school budgets this week with only a handful rejected. Tim Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, has been watching education issues closely as another legislative session winds down in Albany. He says the school budget approval rate came as no surprise.

Tim Kremer

Education took center stage this budget season in Albany, with teacher evaluations, testing, and tenure the major points of debate as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislature worked on the details of the spending plan, which passed this week. Tim Kremer, the Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association, has been going over the fine print on some of the major education changes, including teacher evaluations.

Tim Kremer

Among those who will be paying close attention to Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State and budget message Wednesday will be Tim Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association. As is the case every year in Albany, education will be front and center as the budget takes shape. We spoke with Kremer Tuesday about what he hopes to hear from Gov. Cuomo tomorrow.

School aid and education funding are often among the more closely watched issues every state budget season in Albany, and next year likely will be no exception. What are education groups hoping for in the executive budget, which is about one month away from its official release? WAMC spoke with Tim Kremer, the executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, who began with his thoughts on this week's announcement by state education commissioner Dr. John King he is leaving New York for the U.S. Department of Education.

Tim Kremer

The classrooms have been cleaned, the supplies have been bought, and teachers have their lesson plans ready to go as the bell is about to ring on a new school year across New York. There are many challenges facing students, teachers, principals, and the school boards, including Common Core, test scores, and funding, just to name a few. For more the issues facing education and educators as the new semester begins, WAMC reached out to Tim Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association.

Tim Kremer

With another school year just around the corner in New York, teachers have some new test results to go over. The math and English scores for grades 3 through 8 in the exams tied to the Common Core show slight improvement, but only about a third of the students are considered proficient. The Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association, Tim Kremer, says the test results show only modest gains, but he says things are moving in the right direction.

In the final days of the New York legislative session, which ended last week in Albany, Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders reached an agreement on a two-year delay in the teacher assessments to be based on the Common Core testing. It was just one of the education issues state leaders dealt with this year, or left on their table for another day. For a look back at how education fared in Albany this year, we spoke with Tim Kremer, Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association, who commented on the teacher evaluation delay.

Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

There’s growing unease over New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s tax freeze plan. 100 local government officials have signed a letter opposing the plan, including Syracuse Mayor and state Democratic Party Co-Chair Stephanie Miner. And there are signs that the legislature may modify what critics have called an overly complex proposal when the Senate and Assembly release their one house state budgets.

The lobby groups for the state’s counties, cities, and school boards are voicing numerous concerns. Tim Kremer is with the State School Boards Association.

Tim Kremer of the New York State School Boards Association joined WAMC's Midday Magazine to discuss the education plans unveiled in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address last week.

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