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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.
November 29, 2016
A federal judge granted an emergency preliminary injunction to delay implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor's overtime regulation set to take effect this week on December 1st. The finalized regulations establish a new minimum salary threshold of $47,476 per year, for certain employees. This constitutes a 100% increase in the salary threshold for overtime eligibility. The judge noted, "[d]ue to the approaching effective date of the Final Rule, the Court's ability to render a meaningful decision on the merits is in jeopardy." The injunction will remain in place while the "Court determines the department's authority to make the Final Rule as well as the Final Rule's validity."
Republicans in both the House of Representatives and the Senate have been working on plans to overturn the regulation including action under the Congressional Review Act and a legislative phase in.
November 22, 2016
Last week, New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released a set of guidance documents and resources for school districts to prevent and if necessary, manage acts of bullying and other behaviors in their schools. These resources were released in response to reports of a number of disturbing incidents of bias and hate-based acts of bigotry, including vandalism, harassment, bullying and even violence across New York communities.
November 9, 2016
Last night the country elected a new president. Closer to home it appears likely that the Republicans will retain control of the State Senate for 2017, though final results are still pending recounts. For a full analysis of the election results and what they mean for education policy, join the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team for a 2017 preview webinar on December 7th at 12:00 p.m. Registration information can be found below.
November 1, 2016
Delegates at the 2016 Annual Business Meeting engaged in significant debate on a number of issues. This year, the delegates were presented with five proposed bylaw amendments and twenty-four resolutions. By the end of the meeting, delegates had elected the 2017 NYSSBA officers, adopted two bylaw amendments, extended two existing positions and adopted fourteen new positions.
These positions will remain in effect as a part of the Association’s active program for five years, unless they are rescinded or achieved sooner. As a result, the NYSSBA governmental relations team will work toward advancing proposals that would implement these policy changes.
October 25, 2016
Last week, the US Education Department released non-regulatory guidance to implement Title IV of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Funding under this title can be used for programs that improve school conditions for student learning and improve academic achievement and digital literacy.
October 13, 2016
Earlier this week, the State Education Department released guidance regarding the reporting requirements and aid available to reimburse districts for some of the costs associated with testing for lead in water and remediation if lead contamination is discovered.
The full guidance can be read below as well as the regulations released by the Department of Health last month.
September 28, 2016
Last week, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) released new draft New York State P-12 English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards for public comment. The new draft standards are the result of the NYSSBA supported year-long effort to gather feedback from teachers and parents. Two committees comprised of more than 100 teachers and parents reviewed every standard and recommended changing 60 percent of the ELA and 55 percent of the mathematics standards.
September 27, 2016
Below you will find a link to the 2016 Voting Delegate Guide for the Annual Business Meeting. This guide contains the report of the Resolutions Committee as well as rebuttals received by the September 19 deadline. This year, we received a total of four rebuttals.
September 12, 2016
Governor Signs Lead Testing Bill
On September 6th, Governor Cuomo signed Chapter 296 (S.8158, O'Mara / A.10740, Lupardo) requiring public school districts and boards of cooperative educational services to conduct testing of school potable water sources for lead contamination.
The New York State Department of Health filed emergency regulations on the same day providing the specific guidelines for implementation.
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