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On Board Online • July 20, 2015
By Cathy Woodruff
The state Legislature last month wrapped up a relatively restrained 2015 session that featured a mixed bag of results for NYSSBA. The session was most notable, in part, for the actions lawmakers declined to take.
"We thank lawmakers for rejecting the education investment tax credit and avoiding an increase in the charter school cap," NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer said. "Both proposals would have been damaging to the state's public schools, which serve the vast majority of students."
The closing weeks of the legislative session were marked by intense lobbying surrounding the proposed tax credit, which would have provided new incentives for donations to private schools and others at an estimated cost of $150 million annually. Instead, the Legislature approved payment of $250 million to reimburse private schools for mandated services provided in prior years.
Proposals from the governor and the Senate to raise the charter cap by as many as 100 schools ultimately were replaced by modifications that keep the cap at 460. The changes effectively expand the number of charters available in New York City by about 25 by making a limited number of charters from now-closed schools available again and shifting a few charters from outside NYC region into NYC.Read the entire article>>
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