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NYSUT loses first round in tax cap litigation

On Board Online • October 13, 2014

By Kate Gaffney
Senior Staff Attorney

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.

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News Releases


FOR RELEASE:  October 2, 2014

Contact:   Al Marlin, NYSSBA
(518) 783-3723
Contact:  Jerry Gretzinger, SUNY Poly
(518) 956-7359

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).

“Governor Andrew Cuomo’s leadership continues to catalyze the rapid growth of New York State’s nanotechnology sector, resulting in powerful educational opportunities, such as those that stem from the ‘Be the Change for Kids’ Innovation Awards, that can directly meet the needs of New York’s innovation economy,” said SUNY Poly CEO and Officer in Charge Dr. Alain Kaloyeros. “We are once again delighted to partner with the New York State School Boards Association, and we congratulate this year’s honorees for their exciting, science-based programs and steadfast commitment to providing their students with the critical skills that are necessary for accessing high-tech opportunities across New York.”

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Nominations sought for NYSSBA Advocate of the Year

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Date: November 14, 2014
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