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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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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