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Rural Schools Association of New York State

"Communities Committed to Educational Excellence"

The Rural Schools Association is a statewide, member driven organization dedicated to representing the interests of small and rural school districts in New York State. Approximately 300 school districts and BOCES units are currently enrolled as members of RSA. In addition to the financial support provided by RSA members, supplemental assistance is given by New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, in the form of office facilities, utilities, clerical assistance, and the use of equipment.

Seeking Nominations and Applications for the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award

Every day, thousands of teachers across the State of New York are making a difference in the lives of children. These teachers hold high expectations and academic goals for each one of their students, fostering critical thinking, cultivating creativity, and instilling a love of learning. They are eager learners who pursue meaningful professional development throughout their careers.

‎This year, Governor Cuomo will award 60 teachers from across the state to receive the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award. Awardees will receive a stipend of $5,000 for continued learning and professional development, and have the opportunity to directly advise education policy makers.

To apply for the award, or to nominate an exceptional teacher, visit:


Jere I. Hochman, Deputy Secretary of Education

Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

State Capitol, Albany, New York 12224

518-402-5343  Albany

212-803-3716  New York City

RSA 2017 Student Photography Contest Winners


Grand Prize Winner - Terra Sullivan - Corn Harvest - Carthage CSD
                                 Grand Prize
                       Corn Harvest, Terra Sullivan
                                Carthage CSD










                 Grand Prize Runner Up
           Winter Wonderland, Angelia Johnson
                Cattaraugus-Little Valley CSD










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