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GOV. SIGNS NYSSBA PRIORITY BILL – ADVOCACY ALERT

August 12, 2014  

GOVERNOR SIGNS “LAST” LEVER VOTING MACHINE EXTENSION FOR SCHOOLS
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo signed Chapter 273 of 2014, which is legislation to extend school districts’ authority to continue the use of lever voting machines for one final year.  The bill was one of NYSSBA’s highest legislative priorities and its passage came after an intensive advocacy effort.  It is the first time in a generation that legislation has been passed and signed into law following notice by a governor that he would veto any such legislation, signaling recognition of newly presented information provided by your association.

APPROACHING APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY FUNDS
Links To:

  • To be eligible, school districts must have had a Free and Reduced Price Lunch (FRPL) rate of at least 50% in the 2011-12 school year. Those eligible districts, their award amounts and application status can be found here.
  • Additional information on the School Technology Voucher Program (STVP), including SED program contacts, can be found here.

 


2014 LEGISLATIVE SESSION WRAPS UP – ADVOCACY ALERT

June 21, 2014  

YOUR ADVOCACY AT WORK: FROM MANDATES TO SUGGESTIONS
2014 LEGISLATIVE SESSION WRAPS UP – POSITIVE YEAR FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION

  • NYSSBA Analysis
  • Link to view the list of grants
    • Assembly Resolution
    • Senate Resolution


WE NEED YOUR HELP! – ADVOCACY ALERT

June 11, 2014

In 2005 the state required that optical scan voting machines be used in all elections, rather than lever voting machines.  Since that time, NYSSBA has successfully advocated for an extended exemption for school district budget votes, bond propositions and school board elections.   The latest exemption expires at the end of this calendar year, meaning without a new state law, 2015 school budget votes and elections will require either the use of optical scan voting machines or a return to paper ballots, counted by hand.


NYSSBA End of Session Legislative Priorities - Advocacy Alert

May 22, 2014

NYSSBA END OF SESSION LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

  • Oppose APPR Moratorium
  • Invest in Public Schools
  • Maintain SED oversight over school districts in human rights matters
  • Support Special Act School districts and 853 schools
  • Extend authority to use lever voting machines
  • Maintain local control of school districts
  • Maintain board of education authority and autonomy over curriculum


STATE BUDGET EXPLAINED – ADVOCACY ALERT

April 7, 2014

  • NYSSBA WEBINAR - 2014 STATE BUDGET ANALYSIS
    • View Recorded Webinar
    • Link to complete survey to give us your feedback on this webinar and others


STATE BUDGET ANALYSIS - CALL TO ACTION

March 31, 2014

  • State Reaches Budget Deal – Advocacy Effort Dramatically Improves Final Agreement
  • Link To:
    • View Individual School Aid Runs
    • View 2014-2015 State Education Aid Budget Totals
    • View State Aid by County
  • View Side by Side Chart of Budget Proposals – Including Final Agreement
  • Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the State Budget Agreement
  • NYSSBA Analysis


YOUR IMMEDIATE HELP IS NEEDED! – CALL TO ACTION

March 27, 2014

  • CALL TO ACTION
    • Tell your Legislators and the Governor you OPPOSE Building Aid for charter schools!
  • NEED MORE?
    • Charter schools constitute taxation without representation.
    • Charter schools aren’t subject to the tax cap.
  • CALL THE GOVERNOR / CALL YOUR MEMBER OF ASSEMBLY / CALL YOU SENATOR


FUNDING CRISIS REMAINS WHILE FUNDS ARE DIVERTED – ADVOCACY ALERT

March 19, 2014

FUNDING CRISIS – CALL NOW!

•    FUNDING CRISIS REMAINS WHILE FUNDS ARE DIVERTED
•    CALL YOUR MEMBER OF ASSEMBLY / CALL YOUR SENATOR NOW!


STATE BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS – ADVOCACY ALERT

March 17, 2014

ONE STEP FORWARD, TWO STEPS BACK?

  • LINK TO:
    • Side by Side Comparison of Executive Budget Proposal
  • STATEMENT FROM NYSSBA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TIMOTHY G. KREMER
  • NYSSBA ANALYSIS


END OF THE WEEK WRAP UP – ADVOCACY ALERT

March 7, 2014

  • ACTIVE WEEK LEADING UP TO CAPITAL CONFERENCE
  • NYSSBA PRESS CONFERENCE ON PROPERTY TAX FREEZE
  • LINK TO:
    • Municipal Associations Call For State-Local Collaboration On Property Taxes, Announce Shared Service Initiative
  • ADVANCING OUR LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
  • LINK TO:    
    • Eliminating the GEA
    • Additional State Aid for Increasing the School Day or Year
    • Aid for School Safety
    • Don’t Cap School Safety
  • LEVER VOTING BILL – ON THE MOVE IN THE SENATE
  • LINK TO:
    • New York State Assembly Committee on Election Law
  • SEND A LETTER TO YOUR LEGISLATOR
  • LINK TO:
    • Sample letter to Legislators
    • Contact Information for NYS Assembly and Senate
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