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Advocacy Alert: National School Boards Action Center Reception

July 13, 2016


At the end of July, each of the major political parties will hold their conventions before heading to their districts for August District Work Period. The National School Boards Association’s Political Action Committee will be hosting receptions at each of these national conventions. They have extended an invitation to local school board members who will be serving as party delegates or who will be attending either convention to join them.


Advocacy Alert: Federal Updates

July 1, 2016

USED and HHS Releases Guidance on Students in Foster Care

Last week the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services released joint non-regulatory guidance relating to educating students in foster care. This nonbinding guidance is intended to assist school districts meeting their obligations under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which was recently reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act. The foster care provisions of this Act take effect on December 10, 2016. This guidance can be viewed below.


Advocacy Alert: 2016 Legislative Wrap Up

June 23, 2016

Earlier today, the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team conducted a webinar discussing the end of the 2016 legislative session and how your school district could be impacted.

We discussed what bills state lawmakers passed, what bills they did not, and what business was left unfinished. Highlights of the discussion included:

  • APPR
  • Lead Testing and Remediation
  • Property Tax Cap
  • Education Tax Credit
  • Veterans Property Tax Exemption


Advocacy Alert: 2016 Session Comes to a Close

June 18, 2016

Early this morning (5:00 am in the Assembly, 4:00 am for the Senate) the legislature gaveled out for what was the close of the 2016 legislative session.

NYSSBA’s Governmental Relations team was there until the end as we saw action on a number of significant issues for school districts across New York. Over the next several days, we will conduct a thorough analysis of the actions of the legislature, but highlights of some key issues are below:


Call to Action: Tell Your Legislators to Reject New Building Level Data Requirements

June 17, 2016

Late last night a new proposal emerged that would require all districts state wide to comply with numerous new reporting requirements, including the development and provision of extensive building level budget data.

Please call your legislators immediately and tell them that districts already have a clear and transparent budget process, including school report cards, property tax report cards and a host of other financial reports.


Call To Action: Only Four Days Remain to Act on APPR Legislation

June 13, 2016

Assembly Education Chair Catherine Nolan (D-Queens) and Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) and 90 of their colleagues have introduced legislation (A.10569) that would amend current law to allow districts to operate under approved Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) plans that are compliant with either section 3012-d, adopted in 2015, or 3012-c. Under current law, districts that do not have an approved 3012-d plan in place by September 1, 2016 risk losing their 2015-16 and 2016-17 state aid increases. If adopted, this legislation would allow districts to continue to operate under 3012-c until September 1, 2019 and maintain their aid increases. This legislation has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Kaminsky (S.8034).

NYSSBA has called for this kind of flexibility throughout the legislative session and will continue to advocate for this legislation through the final days. Urge the legislature to advance this important legislation immediately.


Advocacy Alert: Senate Introduces Tax Cap Amendments

June 10, 2016

This week, the Senate introduced legislation that, if enacted, would implement three NYSSBA supported changes to the current tax cap. S.8049 would:

  • Exempt BOCES capital costs from the tax levy limit
  • Include properties under PILOT agreements in the tax base growth factor
  • Limit the impact of voter-submitted propositions on the school budget vote


Call To Action: Assembly Introduces APPR Legislation

June 8, 2016

Assembly Education Chair Catherine Nolan (D-Queens) and Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) and 90 of their colleagues have introduced legislation (A.10569) that would amend current law to allow districts to operate under approved Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) plans that are compliant with either section 3012-d, adopted in 2015, or 3012-c. Under current law, districts that do not have an approved 3012-d plan in place by September 1, 2016 risk losing the 2015-16 and 2016-17 state aid increases. If adopted, this legislation would allow districts to continue to operate under 3012-c until September 1, 2019 and maintain their aid increases.

NYSSBA has called for this kind of flexibility throughout the legislative session and will continue to advocate for this legislation through the final days. Take Action Now

Additional information about NYSSBA’s Advocacy on APPR and school districts with aid at risk can be viewed below.


Advocacy Alert: Stop Expansion of Veterans' Property Tax Exemptions

June 6, 2016

Many school boards want to be able to recognize veterans for their selfless service and dedication. At the same time, it is important for tax policies to be fair for all residents of the state. A state funded veterans property tax exemption program achieves the goal of providing such a benefit to veterans without shifting the resulting tax burden to other residential and commercial taxpayers within the district.

Multiple proposals are before the legislature that would expand the exemptions. One of these (S.2210-B, Larkin / A.3379-A, Cusick), would authorize school districts to grant an exemption to all Cold War veterans. The bill has been passed by the Assembly and is poised to pass the Senate. Take Action Now


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.

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