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The non-financial budget: 2014 state budget heavy on policy content

On Board Online • April 14, 2014

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

For governments, budgets can function as the ultimate policy-setting documents. That which gets funded, gets done.

But New York’s 2014-15 budget is more like a piece of omnibus legislation, setting policy, with or without associated spending, on a number diverse topics. (Omnibus is derived from Latin and means “for all things.”)

 “I have never seen so much policy content embedded in the budget without financial consequences,” said David A. Little, NYSSBA director of governmental relations. “It’s almost as if they decided that anything identified as a priority, as of this date, would be done all at once in the budget.”

One example: the new budget establishes a season for crossbow hunting, effectively legalizing the sport in New York with scant public debate on the issue.

In the realm of education, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders packed the budget with cost-neutral elements that they characterized as “fixes” for a flawed rollout of Common Core State Standards. They also folded in mechanisms that aim to shape state and local policy related to charter schools, school district mergers, consolidation of services, and student data storage and privacy.

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News Releases

Anne M. Byrne of Nanuet elected president of the National School Boards Association

FOR RELEASE:  April 7, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Anne M. Byrne of Nanuet was elected president of the National School Boards Association during NSBA’s annual conference in April in New Orleans.

The National School Boards Association represents state school boards associations and more than 90,000 local school board members who lead 13,809 local school districts serving the nation's 50 million public school students. Byrne has been a member of the NSBA board since 2006.

Byrne was president of the New York State School Boards Association from 2004 to 2005. She served as vice president in 2002-2003 and the Area 10 Director from 1997 to 2003, representing school boards in Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties.

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Reports

Where We Stand on the Common Core

CoverWhere We Stand on the Common Core
Let's Move Forward

One of the most challenging aspects of the Common Core Learning Standards dialogue is parsing the differences between its distinct programs and policy changes, all referred to colloquially as “the Common Core.”

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The Perils of the Proposed Property Tax Freeze

CoverThe Perils of the Proposed Property Tax Freeze

Read our new report highlighting the consequences that the governor’s proposed property tax freeze would have on school districts across the state. 

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Daily Clips

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State defends tests, fires back at Spencerport teachers

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Commission to examine how to introduce tech in schools

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