Thursday, January 20, 2011

Fix Your Own Government

Here's the governor's website for offering suggestions for mandate relief. I sent my list today, and so should you! Mine included the list I asked the superintendent at Dryden to compose a few years ago of "Most Burdensome Unfunded Mandates":
1. Academic Intervention Services (AIS)
2. 3-8 testing (costs accrue for scoring [including substitutes to replace classroom teachers], printing, and reporting)
3. 504 Accommodation Plans
4. Response to Intervention (costs for committees and implementation of strategies)
5. School safety plans (costs for committee time and printing)
6. Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
7. ID badges and fingerprinting
8. CPR and First Aid requirements for special ed aides and athletics
9. Mentoring program costs
10. Professional Development costs
11. Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) costs
12. Green product use

SPECIAL MENTION: Wicks Law, Taylor Law
I also mentioned a good one I ran into yesterday--TST-BOCES had to submit SEQRA paperwork for an energy use study. Not a building project, a pencil-and-paper study. Legal fees and all. It would be funny if it weren't so sad.

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