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2015 NYSSBA Budget Analysis

April 8, 2015

Last week the legislature enacted the 2015-16 State Budget which included the following:

  • A school aid increase of - $1.3 billion
    • GEA Restoration - $603 million
    • Foundation Aid increase - $428 million
    • Expense-based aids - $269 million
  • An expansion of the educator probationary period from 3 to 4 years
  • Improvements to the tenured educator disciplinary system
  • A school receivership system
  • An overhaul of the APPR system, including the required use of independent evaluators
    • A link between the adoption and certification of updated teacher evaluations by November 2015 in order to be in the receipt of a school aid increase

Links To:

  • The Governmental Relations Team’s Analysis of Key Components
  • The NYSSBA 2015 State Budget Analysis Webinar
  • Local Government Efficiency Plans


LEGISLATURE PASSES 2015-16 SPENDING PLAN - ADVOCACY ALERT

March 31, 2015

Late last night, the legislature voted on the 2015-16 state budget enacting a $142 billion total spending plan with more than $23 billion in total education spending, a $1.3 billion formula aid increase over last year. The school aid growth includes $603 million in GEA restoration and $428 million in additional Foundation Aid. At first glance, it seems clear that many of the state aid distribution principles advocated for by NYSSBA were included in this year’s school aid package.

Links To:

  • Joint Statement from NYSCOSS and NYSSBA on Teacher Evaluations
  • 2015-16 State Aid Projections


2015-16 SCHOOL AID RUNS RELEASED - ADVOCACY ALERT

March 31, 2015

This afternoon, the New York State legislature released the 2015-16 district-by-district school aid runs, based on a budget agreement expected to be approved later today. While individual district figures will vary, total formula-based aid will increase by nearly $1.3 billion over current 2014-15 school year levels to $23.057 billion.

 

Link To:

  • 2015-16 State Aid Projections

 

 


STATE BUDGET UPDATE – ACT NOW

March 25, 2015

BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE

The latest reports from state budget negotiations indicate that a proposal may be under consideration that would appoint a panel to restructure APPR – and report their findings back to the legislature by June 1.

ACTION – Call your legislators and the Governor’s office

  • Assembly Operator 518-455-4100
  • Senate Operator 518-455-2800
  • Executive Chamber 518-474-8390


SENATE RELEASES ONE HOUSE BUDGET PROPOSAL - ADVOCACY ALERT

March 12, 2015

Today the New York State Senate released their one house budget bills. These bills stake out the negotiating position for their house as budget conference committees begin. Formal negotiations are slated to begin as early as next week.

Links to:

  • Senate 2015 Budget Proposal
  • NYSSBA Legislative Priorities
  • 2015 Capital Conference – Registration
  • Joint Budget Schedule


ASSEMBLY RELEASES ONE HOUSE BUDGET PROPOSAL - ADVOCACY ALERT

March 10, 2015

Today the New York State Assembly released their one house budget bills. These bills stake out the negotiating position for their house as budget conference committees begin. Formal negotiations are slated to begin as early as this week.

Links to:

  • Assembly Press Release
  • 2015 Legislative Priorities
  • 2015 Capital Conference – Registration
  • Joint Budget Schedule


EXECUTIVE RELEASES 30 DAY AMENDMENTS - ADVOCACY ALERT

February 24, 2015

Executive Releases 30 Day Budget Amendments
Links to:

  • Sample Resolution
  • Discussion Guide
  • 2015 Capital Conference - Registration


ALBANY UPDATE - ADVOCACY ALERT

February 13, 2015

Budget Update
Links to:

  • 2015 Budget Testimony
  • Educational Conference Board Calls for Additional Guidance on 2015-16 Executive Budget Proposal
  • Sample Resolution
  • Discussion Guide
  • 2015 Capital Conference - Registration


Tax Freeze Savings Plan Question and Answer Document

Link to:

  • Tax Freeze Credit Questions and Answers


CPR Curriculum

Link to:

  • CPR Legislation Survey

 


2015 EXECUTIVE BUDGET ANALYSIS - ADVOCACY ALERT

January 29, 2015
The 2015 Executive Budget Proposal is as notable for what it includes as for what it does not: a real state aid package. The budget bills include no language distributing aid, so there are no details as to how the Governor would distribute the approximate $1.1 billion school aid increase he cited during his State of the State address. Because there is no distribution formula, there are no aid runs, leaving districts guessing about what to do next. NYSSBA has joined the ECB in calling for an immediate release of a school aid package.

Executive Budget Analysis
Links to:

  • ECB Request on School Aid Runs
  • NYSSBA 2015 Priorities
  • 2015 Executive Budget Analysis

NYSSBA Budget Analysis Webinar
Link to:

  • View a video archive of the Budget Analysis Webinar


2015 STATE OF THE STATE AND BUDGET PRESENTATION - ADVOCACY ALERT

January 21, 2015

NYSSBA’s Reaction
Link To:

  •  Timeline - 2015 Annual Budget Vote and School Board Election
  •  Governor Cuomo’s 2015 Opportunity Agenda
  •  S.1976 (Golden) Bill Text, Sponsor’s Memo and NYSSBA’s Memo in Opposition
  •  Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer’s Statement on the Presentation
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