New Your State School Boards Association

Advocacy Overview

In these perilous times for public education, school board members need to use every available resource to influence public policy for the benefit of New York State's students. NYSSBA can help make you effective at this vital aspect of school board service by connecting you with the online resources to lobby your state legislators and members of Congress from your computer. You can send your representatives an email, check the current status of legislation and find out what is happening in the Legislature. NYSSBA also provides you with up-to-the-minute news on issues critical to public education, so be sure to check back often for the latest developments in education on the state and federal fronts.


NYSSBA's Essential Fiscal Reform Playbook

Essential Fiscal Reform Playbook NYSSBA's Essential Fiscal Reform Playbook proposes a game plan for dealing with the new fiscal realities facing school districts.

Within these pages, you'll find briefing materials on major cost drivers for public education. More than that, you'll find legislative language and a sample sponsor's memorandum in support of proposed legislation aimed at helping school districts and local taxpayers.

Download the Full Playbook (108 pages - 1.80 MB) 

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Regional Educational Advocacy Districts (READ)

Mandate Cost Analysis Spreadsheet Template Instructions

Please use the READ Mandate Cost Analysis template  to join school districts that are gathering data on the cost of mandates affecting schools in New York State.

Please e-mail the completed draft to Karen Zevin president of the Croton-Harmon school board, at

Business managers who require more information on reporting should contact Diane Chaissan at

The spreadsheet was developed by READ - Regional Educational Advocacy Districts. Members are nine school districts in Westchester County - Brewster, Chappaqua, Garrison, Hendrick Hudson, White Plains, Briarcliff, Croton-Harmon, Haldane and Lakeland.

Mandate Cost Analysis Template

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