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Advocacy Update: NYSSBA Call to Action, Budget Priorities

March 19, 2018

Following the release of the Legislative budget proposals, the Governmental Relations team is hard at work advocating for NYSSBA's budget priorities, including:

  • Increasing Foundation Aid funding well above the Executive's proposal
  • Eliminating Foundation Aid set-asides, including Contracts for Excellence and Community Schools
  • Rejecting the proposed caps on expense-based aids, including transportation, building and BOCES aids

Advocacy Alert: NYSSBA Analysis of Legislative Budget Proposals

March 16, 2018

Below, you will find NYSSBA analyses of the Senate and Assembly budget proposals.

As we indicated earlier this week, both houses included proposals for significantly more education aid, primarily Foundation Aid, than the executive proposed. However, like the executive, each house included a variety of policy-related proposals directly affecting school districts.

Advocacy Update: Senate Introduces Legislative Budget Proposal

March 14, 2018

Last night, the Senate released its own response to the Executive budget proposal. This afternoon, they introduced the accompanying resolution that provided some additional details around the proposal.

Complete analysis of the bills are underway, however some initial highlights include:

  • A $957 million increase in education aid over 2017-18
    • $717.2 million of this funding would be an increase in Foundation Aid
  • A rejection of the Executive proposal to cap reimbursement for BOCES, transportation and building aid

Advocacy Update: Assembly Releases Legislative Budget Proposal

March 13, 2018

Last night, the Assembly Majority released their legislative budget proposal. Analysis of the bills is underway, however an initial read reveals that this proposal includes a number of NYSSBA priority items, and rejects some of the most harmful items in the Executive proposal.

The Assembly proposal includes:

  • $1.5 billion in education funding over 2017-18
    • $1.2 billion in Foundation Aid over 2017-18, more than tripling the Executive proposal
    • A commitment to a four year phase-in of the Foundation Aid formula
  • An increase in the BOCES district superintendent salary cap  
  • Authorization for districts to create a TRS reserve fund

Statement from NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on Equitable School Funding

FOR RELEASE: March 12, 2018



CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221  cell


On Sunday, New York State Director of the Budget Robert Mujica  issued a statement alleging that local officials are not allocating school funds in a manner that is fair and equitable. Our response to Mr. Mujica’s claim is simple: Who do we want to decide local school budgets – state bureaucrats in Albany or local boards of education representing school district residents?

Walkouts - teachable moments or substantial disruptions?

On Board Online • March 12, 2018

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

The shooting rampage that killed 17 people at Parkland High School in Florida on Feb. 14 touched off a tide of student-led activism now rolling through America's schools and communities - including many in New York.

Close to 200 student groups around the Empire State have registered their intention to conduct 17-minute school walkouts on March 14 to honor the 14 students and three faculty members killed in Florida. Events are planned from Hamburg to East Hampton and Canton to Brooklyn.

NYS officials counter DeVos on transgender bathroom issue

On Board Online • March 12, 2018

By Eric D. Randall

New York State officials and the Trump administration remain divided regarding whether transgender students are protected by federal civil rights law.

On Feb. 12, the U.S. Department of Education confirmed a report by BuzzFeed that it no longer will investigate allegations that schools have violated the civil rights of transgender students by denying them access to bathrooms that match their gender identity.

A tipping point on guns?

On Board Online • March 12, 2018

Tim G. Kremer
NYSSBA Executive Director

I did not grow up in a family that owned guns, and I have never wanted one. Socially, I try to avoid conversations about guns because they tend to lead to stories about hunting (not my cup of tea) or disagreements about the meaning of the Second Amendment.

NYSSBA has no position on gun control. It's just never come up at our Annual Business Meeting.

But now those of us associated with public education can't avoid the subject of guns. Columbine (1999), Virginia Tech (2007), Sandy Hook (2012) and Parkland (2018) lead a nauseatingly long list of school shootings. Our nation has been devastated by these tragedies, but nothing ever seems to change.


Quiet Revolution helps schools appeal to introverts

On Board Online • March 12, 2018

By Gayle Simidian
Research Analyst

Cozy Corners and Zen Zones.

Sound like the latest feng shui fad? Actually, they're examples of ways schools are trying to make school better for introverted students.

A Cozy Corner is a cushion-lined reading nook for young students. Zen Zones are 10-minutes relaxing breaks for young students to stretch, write and listen to soft music. Both are among recommendations of the Quiet Schools Network, founded by Susan Cain, author of the 2012 book

HFM BOCES attracts national attention to the value of PTECH approach

On Board Online • March 12, 2018

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

New York's P-TECH schools - Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools - have developed a reputation within the Empire State and beyond for their innovative melding of high school and community college diploma programs.

Now, one standout program is being singled out for national attention. The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) put a spotlight on the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES PTECH as a model for innovation at its national conference in Nashville last month.

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