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Advocacy Update: Changes to Labor’s Overtime Rules

May 19, 2016

Yesterday, President Obama and Secretary Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s final rule updating the overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  The final rule will be published in the Federal Register on May 23.

Advocacy Alert: Obama Administration Issues Guidance on Transgender Students

May 17, 2016

Last week the US Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, in partnership with the US Department of Justice issued a Dear Colleague letter advising districts that they must allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity.

2016 NYSSBA Resolution Kit

May 10, 2016

Dear NYSSBA Member:

Enclosed you will find NYSSBA’s 2016 Resolution Kit. This kit includes key dates and other important information about the resolutions process.  

The resolution process is an important one, by which NYSSBA members have the opportunity to set the positions and beliefs of the Association. Your participation provides guidance to the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team.

Advocacy Alert: NYSSBA Supported School Safety Bill Passes the NYS Senate

May 3, 2016

Earlier today, a NYSSBA supported bill that would make all threats of mass violence on school grounds a felony in New York State passed the Senate by a vote of 56-2.

This legislation, (S.430-A, Gallivan) was advanced following the adoption of a resolution at the 2013 annual business meeting.

NYSSBA Governmental Relations staff will now turn our focus to the Assembly where this legislation has yet to see movement.  We need your help!

Advocacy Update Special Election Results and More

April 25, 2016

On Tuesday April 19th, New York State held four special elections to fill 4 state legislative vacancies.

In the 9th Senate District (Nassau County), sitting Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky (D) appears to have defeated Republican Christopher McGrath to fill the vacancy that was created by the conviction of former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. Kaminsky leads by 780 votes, with about 2,700 absentee ballots that must be counted.  Kaminsky and Senate Democrats have declared victory in the race, but McGrath has not conceded.

Take Action - Advocacy Update

April 15, 2016

Advocacy Update: Threats of School Violence

Legislation to accomplish a NYSSBA position statement (S.430-A, Gallivan/A.2800-A, Lentol) has been advanced by the Senate Codes Committee. This legislation, which amends the penal law to make all threats to mass violence against school grounds a felony in New York State, was advanced as a result of the NYSSBA resolution process.

Under current law if someone threatens a fire, an explosion, or a hazardous chemical substance they are guilty of a class D felony, yet if someone makes a threat of violence through other means against a school this would just be a misdemeanor. This legislation would address that inequity.

Call To Action: Tax Cap Reform Update

April 12, 2016

One of NYSSBA’s top priorities in the 2016 legislative session has been to secure common sense reforms to the property tax cap including:

  • Making the allowable growth factor a consistent two percent (A.9026, Schimel)
  • Counting BOCES capital costs in the capital exclusion (S.6640, Murphy / A.9183, Galef)
  • Including PILOT properties in the tax base growth factor (S.1151-B, O’Mara / A.3611-A, Morelle)
  • Preventing negative tax cap limits (S.7178, Seward and A9792, Lupardo))
  • Redesigning the tax cap override process (S.5877-A, Croci / A.8136-A, Thiele)
  • Accounting for enrollment growth in the tax cap calculation

Advocacy Alert: NYSSBA 2016 State Budget Analysis

April 5, 2016

Earlier today the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team conducted a webinar to present their analysis of the 2016 State Budget and to answer questions.

If you were unable to view the webinar live, you may view it at any time at the link below.

Advocacy Alert 2016-17 Budget Deal Reached

Late yesterday, the Legislature and the Governor reached an agreement on the 2016-17 state budget. The Senate has passed all of the budget bills. The Assembly has not voted on the education bills yet.  This year’s budget includes a significant increase in funding for school districts totaling $1.47 billion more than 2015-16. The school aid package includes:

  • $434 million to finally end the Gap Elimination Adjustment for all school districts
  • $627 million in additional Foundation Aid
    • $100 million in Foundation Aid will be set aside to create and expand Community Schools. A list of affected districts and the set aside amounts is below

Call to Action: APPR and State Aid

March 29, 2016

Support Delinking State Aid and APPR

Currently, school districts are required to have an approved APPR plan consistent with the changes adopted in the 2015 budget (3012-d) in place by September 1, 2016.

Failure to do so places a district’s 2015-16 and 2016-17 state aid increases at risk of being withheld by the state.

NYSSBA has called for changes to this law.

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