Spring 2019 Impact

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9 Maintaining Curricular Relevance in the Era of the Tax Cap: A Partnership Study omas J. Troisi, Ed.D. and Christian Bowen Abstract e rise of an increasingly global economy has placed additional responsibility upon our nation's public schools to provide students with 21st century skills and content. As students face additional competition for college admissions and full-time employment, our nation's schools have begun to respond with new and rigorous curricula in areas that will prepare youngsters to take their places in the emerging fields of STEM, healthcare and technology. Simultaneously, changes to local educational finance policy, such as New York State's Property Tax Cap, threaten to curtail local efforts to maintain curricular quality and relevance. To address this, one school district developed an online learning partnership with Nassau BOCES, a local supervisory agency of the New York State Education Department. ese entities worked together to conduct a pilot study of online learning in the Valley Stream Central High School District, a diverse community of 4,500 students located in the southwest quadrant of Nassau County on Long Island. During the 2017-18 school year, the partners implemented an online learning program that provided students with the ability to take elective courses that were not normally offered at their "brick and mortar" school. Data collected during the pilot study was then utilized in the development of program modifications aimed at increasing Dr. omas Troisi is the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction for the Valley Stream Central High School District in Valley Stream, N.Y. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of School Leadership at the New York Institute of Technology and Touro College.

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