Nov. 14, 2013

Welcome message from the NYSSCA President
NYSSCA welcomes its members to our new weekly eBrief — NYSSCA Today. As a benefit to members, we will be emailing this newsletter each Thursday. It will contain articles from NYSSCA as well as plenty of news relevant to our school counseling profession. If you find articles that you feel would be of interest, please email them to Bob Rotunda, Executive Director, at ExecutiveDirector@NYSSCA.ORG.

Also, visit our website at www.nyssca.org.

Enjoy the newsletter.

Ronald Smith, NYSSCA PresidentMore

De Blasio puts education reform at top of his agenda as New York City mayor
The Washington Post
Bill de Blasio, recently elected mayor of New York City, intends to dial back or abandon many of the education changes outgoing Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg aggressively implemented in the nation's largest public school system. De Blasio — the first Democrat elected mayor in 20 years and the first in recent memory with a child in public school — wants to pause or reverse many of Bloomberg's policies.More

They loved your GPA , then they saw your tweets
The New York Times
As certain high school seniors work meticulously to finish their early applications to colleges, some may not realize that comments they casually make online could negatively affect their prospects. In fact, new research from Kaplan Test Prep, the service owned by the Washington Post Company, suggests that online scrutiny of college hopefuls is growing. More

Professional school counselors fight cyberbullying
The Huffington Post
Agree or disagree with the tactics, action is being taken to stop cyberbullying, and that's important, but solutions must also be realistic. Teens will always be one step ahead as new social media technologies continue to emerge, which is why it's important to call out another group of people who stand ready to fight this battle: professional school counselors. More

Longer school days in store for New York
The Associated Press via Times Herald-Record
Thousands of students in five states will be spending more time at school. More than 9,000 students are attending select, high-poverty schools in Connecticut, Colorado, Massachusetts and New York that have developed expanded school schedules as part of the TIME Collaborative, or Time for Innovation Matters in Education. Some of those schools are already using the extra time for additional instruction and enrichment. More

US investigates anti-Semitism claims at Pine Bush schools
The New York Times
The United States attorney's office for the Southern District of New York has opened a civil rights investigation into allegations of anti-Semitic harassment of children in the Pine Bush Central School District. The New York Times reported that some Jewish students in the Pine Bush schools were subjected in recent years to anti-Semitic bullying and slurs and other intimidation, including the drawing of swastikas and other graffiti.More

Most first-generation college students lag in academic readiness
Education Week
High school students who would be the first in their families to go to college scored much lower on the ACT and are not as academically prepared for postsecondary education as their peers who have college-going parents, a report found. Just over half (52 percent) of high school ACT test takers who would be first-generation college students failed to meet any of the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks, compared to 31 percent of all test takers.More

National test scores show slight math, reading increases for American students
The Huffington Post
American students continued glacial improvements in reading and math at the fourth grade and eighth grade levels, according to national results. In math, 27 percent of eighth graders were found proficient, up from 13 percent in 1990. In reading, 32 percent of eighth graders were proficient, up from 26 percent in 1992. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called the results "absolutely encouraging."More

10 best public high schools in New York City
Business Insider
Long regarded as an academic powerhouse that educates some of the country's brightest students, Stuyvesant High School is the best public high school in New York City, according to data compiled by FindTheBest. FindTheBest recently partnered with the NYC Department of Education to build a comparison system for public schools in the city. More