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Advocacy Alert - SED Releases Guidance on State Aid for Lead Testing and Remediation

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.

Advocacy Update: NYSED Releases Draft Learning Standards

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.

2016 Voting Delegate Guide for the Annual Business Meeting

September 27, 2016

Saturday, October 29 – 8:00 a.m.
Convention Center Ballroom

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.

Advocacy Alert: Lead Testing Bill Signed

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.

2016 Proposed Bylaw Amendments and Resolutions Book

September 2, 2016

Dear Member:

Below is the link to the 2016 Proposed Bylaw Amendments & Resolutions Book.

This book contains information needed to prepare for the 2016 Annual Business Meeting, including:

  • The Order of Business.
  • The Report of the Resolutions Committee.
  • Rules of Conduct for the Business Meeting.
  • Instructions for the Submission of Amendments and Rebuttals.

Advocacy Update: Governor Signs Cold War Veterans Tax Exemption

August 30, 2016

On August 19th, Governor Cuomo signed a bill authorizing school districts to grant the Cold War veterans property tax exemption to eligible taxpayers within their school district. NYSSBA opposed this bill in its final form and sought a veto. However, this exemption is now available in addition to the “alternative veterans exemption” approved in 2013.

Like the alternative exemption, this exemption is offered at district option, after adoption of a board resolution. The new law provides no funding or reimbursement from the state for those districts who offer the exemption. Throughout the year, NYSSBA aggressively pushed legislators and the Governor’s office to amend the proposal to make the state fiscally responsible for subsidizing exemptions they initiate.

Advocacy Alert: Federal Issues Briefing

August 1, 2016

Last week, the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team, in partnership with the NSBA conducted a webinar on key issues under consideration by Congress as they break for district work period. Highlights of the discussion include:

  • ESSA Implementation
  • Federal Funding
  • School Nutrition and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

Advocacy Alert: National School Boards Action Center Reception

July 13, 2016

At the end of July, each of the major political parties will hold their conventions before heading to their districts for August District Work Period. The National School Boards Association’s Political Action Committee will be hosting receptions at each of these national conventions. They have extended an invitation to local school board members who will be serving as party delegates or who will be attending either convention to join them.

Advocacy Alert: Federal Updates

July 1, 2016

USED and HHS Releases Guidance on Students in Foster Care

Last week the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services released joint non-regulatory guidance relating to educating students in foster care. This nonbinding guidance is intended to assist school districts meeting their obligations under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which was recently reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act. The foster care provisions of this Act take effect on December 10, 2016. This guidance can be viewed below.

Advocacy Alert: 2016 Legislative Wrap Up

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:

  • APPR
  • Lead Testing and Remediation
  • Property Tax Cap
  • Education Tax Credit
  • Veterans Property Tax Exemption

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