CALL TO ACTION: WHAT PRICE SCHOOL SAFETY?
February 26, 2014
WHAT PRICE SCHOOL SAFETY?
This week, NYSSBA delivered a legislative priority paper urging increased state aid for school safety to all members of the New York State legislature. The paper outlines the security measures that schools have taken to date and most importantly, those that would be implemented if sufficient aid were provided. It is based on a NYSSBA report issued In December, “School Security in a Post-Sandy Hook World” that listed school superintendent responses to this new era of concern.
To support our effort to secure adequate state funds for schools to implement proven safety measures, we need your assistance in contacting your state legislators and underscoring the importance of providing state resources for school safety.
To view NYSSBA’s Report on
School districts’ ability to enact safety measures have been severely hampered by the loss of state school aid; which is still below 2008-09 funding levels. the 2014 tax levy cap of 1.46% and the resulting local inability to generate revenue make state aid even more critical.
School safety should not be in budget competition with maintaining instructional programs and services. Adequate funding must be provided to schools to ensure student safety without making cuts in the classroom. The safety of children is a school district’s most important responsibility. State financial resources for school safety are needed now, not after the next attack. Our children deserve (and their well being demands) immediate state funding.
Please contact your legislators by calling
(518) 455-4100 for your Member of the Assembly and (518) 455-2800 for your Senator
Thank you for helping to protect New York State’s most precious resource!