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Call to Action: Oppose the Education Tax Credit

February 4, 2016

Once again, the Governor and each house of the legislature have introduced proposals to establish an education tax credit. The Executive's proposal is included in his proposed budget. These plans would set aside upwards of $150 million in state tax credits to donations and tuition costs for non-public schools and other educational funds. Tell the Governor and your legislators that you strongly support the full funding of public education and oppose any plan that seeks to divert state general fund dollars for the benefit of non-public and parochial schools. Take Action Now

For additional information about each proposal and to read NYSSBA’s memos in opposition, visit the State Aid and Budget Section of our Key Issues site:


NYSSBA Executive Budget Analysis: Call to Action

January 21, 2016

NYSSBA Executive Budget Analysis Released

Earlier today, the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team conducted a webinar to provide an overview of the 2016 Executive Budget and answer your questions.  

If you were unable to attend live and wish to view the webinar, you may do so at any time at the link below.


2016 Executive Budget and School Aid Runs: Advocacy Alert

January 13, 2016

NYSSBA First Look: School Aid Runs and Executive Budget Proposal

Today, Governor Cuomo delivered his 6th State of the State address, and 2nd merged speech in which he released his executive budget proposal at the same time as his address.

Legislative leaders and advocacy groups alike set expectations high. Speaker Heastie opened session by referencing last year’s record aid increase and called for more equity in education funding.  Majority Leader Flanagan pledged to end the GEA or hold up the budget. NYSSBA called for a minimum $2.3 billion aid increase overall. View below NYSSBA's executive budget recommendations.


Small Group Health Insurance Premiums: Advocacy Alert

January 5, 2016

Small Group Health Insurance Premiums

The Governor’s end of year action will provide important relief for school districts with 51-100 employees.  The Governor signed two bills, S.5928-a (Seward) / A.8134-a (Seawright) and S.6400 (Seward) / A.8300 (Seawright), that passed with strong support by NYSSBA, which will ensure that these small school districts do not see a significant increase in health insurance premiums because of a change relating to the legal definition of a “small group” for health insurance.


NYSSBA Legislative Preview Webinar: Advocacy Alert

December 10, 2015

This afternoon, NYSSBA Governmental Relations staff hosted a webinar to preview the 2016 legislative session, NYSSBA’s priorities and answer member questions.

If you were unable to participate in the webinar, you can view the archive, as well as materials at the link below.


NYSSBA 2016 Legislative Priorities: Call To Action

December 8, 2015

With the start of the 2016 session just weeks away, the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team is already hard at work advancing the association's agenda. 

This year's priorities include:

A request for a $2.3 billion increase in education aid for the 2016-17 school year including:

  • $1.5 billion in Foundation Aid
  • $434 million to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment
  • Full funding of Expense Based Aids

Proposals to increase local control and decision making including:

  • Flexibility around staffing decisions
  • Establishment of Regional High Schools
  • Changes to the Annual Professional Performance Review


Call To Action: Elementary and Secondary Education Act

December 1, 2015

Congress Poised to Act on ESEA

The United States House of Representatives and the Senate have released the “Every Student Succeeds Act” which if passed, and signed by the President, would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The long wait since the No Child Left Behind Act expired in 2007 is moving ahead. If enacted, the Every Student Succeeds Act would restore significant amounts of educational accountability and authority back to the states and local districts.


Call to Action - ESEA Reauthorization Update

November 18, 2015

The House Education and the Workforce Committee and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) has announced that Committee leaders are preparing for the next steps in the ESEA reauthorization process.  A reconciled bill could be considered by both chambers by December.

The 17 House Conferees have been named for the Conference Committee.


Governor Cuomo’s Common Core Task Force to Hold Regional Listening Sessions (UPDATED)

November 5, 2015

Beginning Friday November 6th from 4-6 p.m. and continuing into next week, the Common Core Task Force will hold a series of regional listening sessions.

These sessions will be open to the public, and participants may deliver three minutes of testimony to representatives of the Task Force.


Governor Cuomo’s Common Core Task Force to Hold Regional Listening Sessions

November 4, 2015

On Friday November 6th from 4:00-6:00 pm, the Common Core Task Force will hold a series of regional sessions.

These sessions will be open to the public, and participants may deliver three minutes of testimony to representatives of the Task Force.

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