On Board Online • October 13, 2014
By Kate Gaffney
The state’s property “tax cap” law is not unconstitutional, according to a recent decision of the state Supreme Court in Albany County. New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), along with various state residents, taxpayers and parents, had challenged the constitutionality of the law claiming, among other things, that it erodes local control of education spending, limits educational opportunities statewide with a disproportionate impact on poorer districts and diminishes the voting power of individuals who favor exceeding the cap.
Under the law, school district property tax levies can grow from one year to the next only by the lesser of 2 percent or the rate of inflation. A school budget that would result in a tax levy that exceeds the district’s cap requires a supermajority vote of 60 percent to pass.Read the entire article>>
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|SUNY POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE & NEW YORK STATE SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION PRESENT THREE SCHOOLS WITH INNOVATION AWARDS IN STATEWIDE COMPETITION|
FOR RELEASE: October 2, 2014
Contact: Al Marlin, NYSSBA
Albany, NY – Furthering Governor Andrew Cuomo’s high-tech educational paradigm as it prepares New York State’s students for opportunities in growing industries such as nanotechnology, three school districts have received “Be the Change for Kids” Innovation Awards for their novel approaches to science, technology, engineering, and math-related (STEM) programs. The competition—now in its third consecutive year—is presented by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) and SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly).
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Nominations sought for NYSSBA Advocate of the Year
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