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February 24, 2017
Late Wednesday action was taken by federal officials to roll back an Obama era directive that allowed transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms in alignment with their gender identity. This Executive action left decisions on this issue in the hands of states and in the absence of state policy, districts.
New York leaders were swift in responding, reaffirming the state's commitment to protect the rights of all students, including transgender and gender non-conforming students, regardless of federal action.
February 23, 2017
Legislation Introduced to Provide Aid for Enrollment Growth and ELL Students
Legislation has been introduced in the Assembly that would provide targeted state aid for districts with recent growth in student enrollment, as well as for districts experiencing increases in their numbers of English language learner (ELL) students. This funding is a NYSSBA budget priority for 2017-18. NYSSBA highlighted the need for this change in our budget testimony delivered to the legislature earlier this month.
February 14, 2017
Unfortunately, the NYSSBA Capital Conference scheduled for February 12th and 13th could not take place as scheduled due to inclement weather. However, don't let the storm keep you from having your voice heard while legislative budgets are being developed. Below you will find advocacy materials that can assist you when meeting with legislators and staff. We encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to meet with your legislators while they are not in session from February, 15th - 27th. Try and schedule in-district visits ahead of time.
January 24, 2017
Earlier today, the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team conducted a webinar to provide an overview of the 2017 Executive Budget and answer your questions.
If you were unable to attend live and wish to view the webinar, you may do so at any time at the link below.
January 18, 2017
Last night, Governor Cuomo released his much anticipated 2017-18 budget proposal to the public. Though the process has deviated greatly from the norm, the six State of the State addresses and supporting documents did layout a map for what would be included in the budget this year.
A full analysis of the fourteen bills is underway, however, NYSSBA wanted to share an initial read of the proposals.
January 12, 2017
Governor Cuomo has completed his 6th and final 2017 State of the State presentation and released his written report to the legislature.
While the presentations themselves were quite light on P-12 education, with a mention of funding, recovery high schools and some teacher recognition programs being the most notable items, the written materials offered a more complete picture of items to be on the lookout for in 2017; and possibly a preview of what will be included in the budget bills expected to be released next week.
Below you can find links to the NYSSBA's summary of the most relevant proposals, as well as a link to the full State of the State presentation itself.
January 9, 2017
Over the last week, as the U.S. Senate has prepared to conduct Ms. DeVos's confirmation hearing. The New York State School Boards Association has been preparing as well. We conducted a survey of our advocacy network, which primarily consists of school board members and other school district officials and staff throughout the state, asking for their input on the nomination so it might be shared with New York's senators and other decision makers.
Overwhelmingly, respondents oppose Ms. Devos's appointment as Secretary of Education with 86% of respondents stating their opposition.
December 20, 2016
A state court has ordered that Democrat John Brooks be certified the winner of the state Senate's 8th District, making him the only Democratic candidate to unseat a GOP opponent in a year in which Democrats were hoping to retake control of the chamber. After more than a month of deliberation, Brooks was ahead by about 250 votes when both sides agreed to end the challenge.
In State Senate District 5, Republican Sen. Carl Marcellino was recently certified as the winner of his re-election bid after almost 12,000 paper ballots were counted.
December 8, 2016
The NYSSBA Governmental Relations team hosted a webinar discussing the recent election results and previewing the 2017 session and budget and legislative priorities.
If you were unable to participate, you can view the webinar and materials below.
December 5, 2016
On Monday, immediately following the Thanksgiving holiday, Governor Cuomo took action on 132 bills that had been delivered signing 60 and vetoing the remaining 72. This was a mixed bag for NYSSBA, as we achieved some of our goals and will have to keep working on others. A summary of the Governor's vetoes on key bills as well as some of NYSSBA's advocacy work is below:
This bill would have made it the duty of the town receiver of taxes to collect school taxes on behalf of the school district unless "the school board advises the town's receiver of taxes in writing by certified mail, return receipt requested, by no later than February first of each year that it collects its own taxes." This would have effectively allowed a school district to unilaterally decide to collect its own taxes. The school district would have no longer needed the town to agree to such decision.
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