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NYS superintendents start a conversation about diversity, equity in schools

On Board Online • January 22, 2018

By David Kraus
Special Correspondent

Lack of racial and ethnic diversity among educators in New York State is a problem that must and can be solved.

That was a key theme at a symposium hosted by the New York State Council of School Superintendents (the Council) on Dec. 8. The day-long gathering was co-sponsored by NYSSBA.

The event drew more than 130 superintendents, assistant superintendents, school board members and other educators to Saratoga Springs to learn about issues involving equity. Equity is the idea that treating all students the same does not achieve fairness; rather, students from different backgrounds may need different kinds of support in order to reach their potential.

Hope remains for 'Dreamers' despite Trump action on DACA

On Board Online • January 22, 2018

By the New York State Association of School Attorneys

On Sept. 4, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Sessions announced the Trump administration's intent to end a program begun five years earlier by President Obama called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The change will affect 800,000 undocumented aliens, including about 42,000 New York State residents.

Often referred to as Dreamers, DACA program participants are young people (currently 35 or younger) who were brought to the United States as children. After passing criminal background checks, they were afforded prosecutorial discretion to avoid deportation by U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in its immigration enforcement efforts. Notably, the program did not confer any substantive right, immigration status, or pathway to citizenship to its beneficiaries.

Commissioner upholds transfer of teachers by superintendent-receiver

On Board Online • January 22, 2018

By Kimberly A. Fanniff
Senior Staff Counsel

The commissioner of education recently issued a decision interpreting the authority of a superintendent-receiver to supersede actions of a board of education.

In Appeal of Williams, a school superintendent who is also the superintendent-receiver for the district's struggling middle school challenged a board resolution that imposed a moratorium on involuntary teacher transfers, the district's policy on teacher transfers as well as other board directives regarding transfers.

Safe and supportive environment is goal in Schenectady's 'trauma-sensitive' schools

On Board Online • January 22, 2018

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

It's shortly after lunch at Hamilton Elementary School in Schenectady, and Ashleigh Caster's students are stretched out on the floor of her second-grade classroom, eyes closed.

A recording of a woman's voice leads them through a soothing meditation: "Take a breath in through your nose ... Feel how your tummy gets like a big balloon ... Imagine you are lying on the grass in a beautiful park ... a very friendly butterfly comes to say 'hi' ."

Next, it's time for a lively round of rhythmic movement set to some silly lyrics - "Banana, banana, meatball!" - before turning to the first lesson of the afternoon.

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


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


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.

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