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June 23, 2016
Earlier today, the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team conducted a webinar discussing the end of the 2016 legislative session and how your school district could be impacted.
We discussed what bills state lawmakers passed, what bills they did not, and what business was left unfinished. Highlights of the discussion included:
Lawmakers provided funding for lead testing and remediation in school drinking water. Protecting the health and safety of students and staff is every school board's highest priority.
June 18, 2016
Early this morning (5:00 am in the Assembly, 4:00 am for the Senate) the legislature gaveled out for what was the close of the 2016 legislative session.
NYSSBA’s Governmental Relations team was there until the end as we saw action on a number of significant issues for school districts across New York. Over the next several days, we will conduct a thorough analysis of the actions of the legislature, but highlights of some key issues are below:
June 17, 2016
Late last night a new proposal emerged that would require all districts state wide to comply with numerous new reporting requirements, including the development and provision of extensive building level budget data.
Please call your legislators immediately and tell them that districts already have a clear and transparent budget process, including school report cards, property tax report cards and a host of other financial reports.
John “J.W.” Allen has had a perfect attendance record at board meetings, held twice monthly, despite the fact that he had to drive four hours each way from Ithaca to Belleville, which is located near Watertown.
On Board Extra Online • June 13, 2016
The Board of Regents today advanced a plan to empower local school superintendents to approve local diplomas for some students with disabilities, even if they do not pass all required Regents exams, as long as they pass the courses leading to the exams.
The new "superintendent review option" would take effect as a provisional regulation in time for some students to graduate this month. It is expected to join three existing graduation options for students with disabilities to graduate with local diplomas.
June 13, 2016
Assembly Education Chair Catherine Nolan (D-Queens) and Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) and 90 of their colleagues have introduced legislation (A.10569) that would amend current law to allow districts to operate under approved Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) plans that are compliant with either section 3012-d, adopted in 2015, or 3012-c. Under current law, districts that do not have an approved 3012-d plan in place by September 1, 2016 risk losing their 2015-16 and 2016-17 state aid increases. If adopted, this legislation would allow districts to continue to operate under 3012-c until September 1, 2019 and maintain their aid increases. This legislation has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Kaminsky (S.8034).
NYSSBA has called for this kind of flexibility throughout the legislative session and will continue to advocate for this legislation through the final days. Urge the legislature to advance this important legislation immediately.
June 10, 2016
This week, the Senate introduced legislation that, if enacted, would implement three NYSSBA supported changes to the current tax cap. S.8049 would:
On Board Online • June 13, 2016
By Cathy Woodruff
Whenever students are playing soccer or football or almost any outdoor sport in New York these days, the chances are good that they are running, kicking and tackling on a field of artificial turf containing recycled crumb rubber.
The tiny bits of rubber, which often saw action in a prior life as part of a tire, are among the most popular turf ingredients for schools, colleges and professional sports teams throughout the country seeking a durable alternative to grass for their athletic fields.
On Board Online • June 13, 2016
By Julie M. Marlette
School districts would be able to keep their state aid increases for 2015-16 and 2016-17 without adopting new teacher evaluation plans under an Assembly bill sponsored by Education Committee Chair Catherine Nolan (D-Queens) and backed by 92 majority members, including Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx).
Under A.10569, districts could evaluate personnel under any state-approved Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) plan until Sept. 1, 2019.
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