Issue Q&As

Below are question and answer documents on key issues facing school districts. The purpose of these documents is to provide school leaders with a resource that they can use to explain these items to their communities. School leaders are free to post these documents on their websites, as well as to reproduce and distribute them at community meetings.

Q&A: The Property Tax Cap 235KB
Although New York State now has what is commonly called a “2 percent property tax cap,” the law does not necessarily restrict proposed tax levy increases to 2 percent. Rather, its main purpose is to determine the level of voter support that is needed for a school budget to pass.
Q&A: Property Tax Freeze  39KB
New York lawmakers enacted a temporary property tax “freeze” as part of the 2014-15 state budget. For the subsequent two years, the state will reimburse property tax increases paid by homeowners to school districts and municipalities that stay within their 2 percent tax levy growth caps. The New York State School Boards Association has provided answers to some frequently asked questions about the tax freeze.
Q&A: Common Core Learning Standard  55KB
New York State has adopted the Common Core Learning Standards. NYSSBA's Q&A document provides an overview of the new standards.
Q&A: Academic Intervention Services  48KB
The State Education Department has changed requirements regarding the provision of Academic Intervention Services for the 2013-14 school year. Our new question and answer sheet explains the changes.
Q&A on Cyberbullying  92KB
New York State's new cyberbullying law took effect this year. NYSSBA's Q&A on the topic offers suggestions for ways to prevent cyberbullying and provides a resource for school leaders to use in their communities.
Q&A: New York State’s Pension Smoothing  163KB
Pension contributions represent a significant part of a school district budget, and they are projected to rise over the next several years. State lawmakers recently enacted a law that will allow school districts to pay their pension obligations over several years, rather than in the year they are accrued.

The New York State School Boards Association has provided answers to some frequently asked questions to help explain the new “pension smoothing” law.

Q&A: New York State’s Teacher and Principal Evaluation System  61KB
New York State recently updated some aspects of its teacher and principal evaluation system. The New York State School Boards Association has provided answers to frequently asked questions to explain these updates.

For more information about New York State’s teacher and principal evaluation system, contact your school building principal or your superintendent of schools.

Q&A: New York State’s Gap Elimination Adjustment  61KB
New York’s Gap Elimination Adjustment may be one of the most reviled provisions of the state’s school aid formula. But what is it exactly, and how has it impacted school districts across the state?

The New York State School Boards Association has provided the answers to some frequently asked questions to help explain it.

Q&A: New York State’s Competitive Grant Program  62KB
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expanding the use of competitive grants for education. The New York State School Boards Association has provided answers to some frequently asked questions to help you understand competitive grants.