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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.

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


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


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


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


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.

Advocacy Alert: Final Action on Many NYSSBA Supported Bills

December 20, 2017

Monday night, Governor Cuomo vetoed a number of NYSSBA supported bills. A listing of the bills is below. NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team was disappointed by these vetoes especially given their broad support. Despite being disapproved by the Executive, NYSSBA knows that these are issues of importance to our members, and will work to address the concerns raised in the veto messages and seek alternative solutions that will allow us to meet our goals.

Veto 209 (S.4283 (Murphy)/A.5965 (Galef)): This bill would  have made a technical adjustment to the property tax cap by clarifying that a school district's costs related to BOCES capital be treated in the same manner as the district's own capital costs, which are excluded from the tax cap calculation. Such an adjustment would have removed the disincentive for school districts to invest in updating and expanding BOCES facilities.

Advocacy Alert: 2018 Legislative Preview

December 15, 2017

Yesterday, the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team hosted a webinar discussing the recent election results and previewing the 2018 session and budget and legislative priorities.  

If you were unable to participate, you can view the webinar and materials below.

Advocacy Alert: Regents Release 2018-19 State Aid Proposal

December 12, 2017

On Monday, the Board of Regents released their 2018-19 School Aid proposal. The Regents recommended a school aid increase of more than $1.6 billion, or 6.3%, over current year funding levels. Their proposal includes:

  • $1.25 billion in additional Foundation Aid
    • $85 million of Foundation Aid increase would be restricted or "set-aside" within this amount, reserved for services for English language learner (ELL) students and compliance with part 154 regulations
    • Continuation of the Foundation Aid phase-in
    • A minimum level of additional Foundation Aid for all districts
  • $314 million increase for expense-based reimbursement aids (transportation, building, BOCES, etc.)
    • This represents full funding for these aid categories
  • $25 million for career and technical education (CTE)
    • This would increase the aidable salary cap on BOCES salaries over five years to $60,000
    • This would also transition non-component districts to a reimbursement for the delivery of CTE services
  • $20 million in additional aid for universal prekindergarten (UPK)

Today's teens may not distinguish between a friend and a follower

On Board Online • December 11, 2017

By Merri Rosenberg
Special Correspondent

In any generation, the social shoals of youth - especially in middle and high school - are treacherous for many students. Figuring out where one fits in the social hierarchy is a classic task and seldom an easy one, according to psychologists.

Whether a student feels popular among his or her peers no longer depends on who sits at what table in the lunchroom or what verdict peers render about one's shoes or outfit. Today, experts say, social status mostly plays out in cyberspace.

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