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Advocacy Alert: Governor Releases 2018-19 Executive Budget

January 16, 2018

Earlier today, Governor Cuomo released his proposed 2018-19 state budget. The Executive proposes a $769 increase in education funding. This is a 3% increase in education spending. The allowable growth under his self-imposed link to personal income growth would have been half that at 1.5%

$769 increase in education (3%)

  • $338 million increase in Foundation Aid (with $50 million increase in Community School set-aside)
    • $288 million unrestricted
    • Total foundation aid set aside for Community Schools would now be $200 million
    • NYSSBA asked for $1.5 billion in Foundation Aid
  • $317 million for Expense-based Aids
  • $64 million for an unspecified Fiscal Stabilization Fund
  • $15 million in additional funding for 3 and 4 year old prekindergarten funding
  • $10 million  in additional funding for after school programs
  • $9 million for expansion of Early College High Schools
  • $6 million for the Smart Start program to support computer science and engineering
  • $5 million for Breakfast After Bell to provide breakfast to students in higher need school districts after the first bell rings
  • $2.5 million to expand access to Advanced Placement exams
  • $2.5 million in other initiatives including but not limited to:
  • $250,000 for mental health and trauma support in schools
    • $1.5 million for gang prevention (over 3 years)
    • Conversion aid for full day kindergarten


Advocacy Alert: Executive School Aid Runs Available

January 16, 2018

The Division of the Budget has released the school aid runs that support the Executive's 2018-19 budget proposal. District by district information can be accessed below.


NYSSBA Budget Webinar

Join NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team to get the details on the Executive budget next Tuesday, January 23rd at noon.


Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on Executive Budget Proposal

FOR RELEASE: January 16, 2018

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

   

The governor’s budget proposal would constrain the ability of school board members to do the jobs they were elected to do.

The proposed school aid increase is simply inadequate to meet the needs of students – many of whom have special needs that require significant resources. To put school funding needs into perspective, the governor’s proposed $288 million increase in unrestricted foundation aid is about one-fifth of the $1.4 billion increase in foundation aid requested by NYSSBA.


Advocacy Update: 2018 Session Underway

January 11, 2018

On Monday, legislative leaders presented their legislative agendas. Despite the difficulties of the current fiscal environment, Speaker Heastie renewed his conference's commitment to funding education and indicated he wanted to "build on the success" of the past years, specifically in relation to Foundation Aid. The Senate focused more on tax relief, including reducing current mandates and prohibiting future unfunded mandates.

The Governor has announced he will release his 2018-19 Executive Budget on Tuesday, January 16th at 1:00 p.m..

Following the release, the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team will provide an overview and analysis, as well as school aid runs as soon as they become available.


Advocacy Alert: Governor Cuomo Delivers 2018 State of the State

January 4, 2018

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo delivered the 2018 State of the State address. Returning to a more traditional schedule, which he had abandoned in recent years, the Governor delivered the address on the opening day of session separate from the release of the 2018 Executive Budget.

Education issues were given very little time during the speech itself. The actual comments on education policy included:

  • A commitment to continued investment in education, with a distribution that focuses on students with the greatest need.
    • A requirement that districts receiving grants from the state direct the funds to the neediest students in their districts.
  • A commitment to expand pre-kindergarten investments and STEM programs.
  • A commitment to a continuing investment in the Master Teacher Program.


Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the State of the State

FOR RELEASE: January 3, 2018

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

   

Governor Cuomo's State of the State speech was short on specifics for public education. We anticipate the upcoming legislative session will be dominated by discussions about state budget deficits and tax restructuring. Worth noting is that the governor never mentioned budget cuts. A few of the education items the governor did propose -- such as funding for prekindergarten, mental health services, and after school programs -- have the potential to make a positive impact on students. 

The governor's proposed expansion of Early College High Schools could help students get a jump on their college education and save money by earning college credits in advance.


State School Boards Association members elect new president, board officers for 2018

FOR RELEASE: December 20, 2017 - UPDATE

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
@nyschoolboards

   

Members of the New York State School Boards (NYSSBA) elected a new president and a slate of board officers to lead the Association effective Jan. 1, 2018.

William Miller of Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES was elected president of the Association’s board of directors and Fred Langstaff of Eastern Suffolk BOCES was elected 1st vice president. Peggy Zugibe of North Rockland was elected 2nd vice president and Thomas Nespeca of Monroe 1 BOCES was elected treasurer. All were elected to one-year terms

 


Redman elected to state School Boards Association Board of Directors

FOR RELEASE: December 20, 2017

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
@nyschoolboards

   

John Redman of Goshen was elected to a two-year term as Area 9 Director of the New York State School Boards Association. As Area 9 Director, Redman represents school districts in Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster.

Since 2000, Redman has been on the Florida Union Free School District Board of Education and is now serving his sixth term.  He has served as both president and vice president of the board.


Lewis elected to state School Boards Association Board of Directors

FOR RELEASE: December 20, 2017

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
@nyschoolboards

   

Catherine Lewis of Schenectady was elected to a two-year term as Area 7 Director of the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA). As Area 7 Director, Lewis represents school districts in Albany, Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties.

Since 2010, Lewis has served on the Schenectady City School Board of Education. 


Stewart elected to state School Boards Association Board of Directors

FOR RELEASE: December 20, 2017

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
@nyschoolboards

   

Russell Stewart of Deansboro was elected to a two-year term as Area 5 Director of the New York State School Boards Association.  As Area 5 Director, Stewart represents school districts in Jefferson, Herkimer, Lewis, Madison, Oswego and Oneida counties.

Since 1986, Stewart has served on the Waterville​ ​Central​ ​School District School Board. Stewart also serves on the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Cooperative​ ​Educational​ ​Services since 1998 and he currently serves on the Oneida-Madison-Herkimer​School​ ​Board​ ​Institute, where he co-chairs the Legislative​ ​Committee.


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