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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


Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the State Budget

FOR RELEASE: April 1, 2015

CONTACT: David Albert, NYSSBA
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards


School boards will see a record $1.3 billion state aid increase that eliminates more than half of the remaining Gap Elimination Adjustment, makes substantial reforms to the teacher disciplinary process, and provides school leaders with an additional year to act upon tenure decisions.

NYSSBA has long fought to gain a stronger decision-making role for management over staffing.

At the same time, the record aid increase comes at a steep price: school boards must re-negotiate new teacher and principal evaluation agreements to receive their increase – which, given the current climate, are likely to be testy negotiations in many districts.

We had hoped the linkage of a state aid increase to APPR was simply a bad April Fool's joke.


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

 

 


Joint Statement from NYSCOSS and NYSSBA on Teacher Evaluations

FOR RELEASE: March 31, 2015

CONTACT: David Albert, NYSSBA
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell
Bob Lowry, NYSCOSS, (518) 435-5996


“The well-known definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.  Since 2010, legislation to change the teacher evaluation system in New York has been passed three times. The proposals currently under consideration as a part of state budget negotiations will be the fourth attempt in five years.


In 2012, the Governor and the Legislature passed changes to the evaluation system and tied the annual increase in school funding to adoption of local, collectively bargained plans by a deadline.  Many of the deficiencies of the current system which the Governor cites are the direct result of that linkage, which forced districts to bargain APPR plans with the threat of losing state aid hanging over their heads.  Now policymakers are considering the same thing again, hoping for a different outcome.

 


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


Freeport Union Free School Board Member Ronald J. Ellerbe Honored as NYSSBA Advocate of the Year

FOR RELEASE: March 20, 2015

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 (desk) or (518) 527-6933 (cell)

Ronald J. Ellerbe of the Freeport Union Free School Board has been named Advocate of the Year by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) for his service and dedication to public education. The award was presented to Ellerbe at the Association’s Capital Conference in Albany on March 14.

“Ron is the embodiment of school board service and advocacy,” said Timothy Kremer, NYSSBA executive director. “Ron consistently meets with his local lawmakers and is always providing information to NYSSBA to help with statewide advocacy efforts.”


Pelham Board of Education Trustee Madeline Smith Honored as NYSSBA Advocate of the Year

FOR RELEASE: March 20, 2015

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 (desk) or (518) 527-6933 (cell)

The New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) named Madeline Smith of the Pelham Union Free School District Board of Education this year’s Advocate of the Year for her service and dedication to public education. The award was presented to Smith at the Association’s Capital Conference in Albany on March 14.

“Madeline continues to raise the bar for her volunteerism on the Pelham Union Free School District Board of Education,” said Timothy G.  Kremer, NYSSBA’s executive director. “Her ability to rally parents to send hundreds of letters to New York State legislators to protect student privacy has made a difference for her community.”

 


Seneca Falls Board of Education Honored as NYSSBA’s School Board Advocate of the Year

FOR RELEASE: March 20, 2015

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 (desk) or (518) 527-6933 (cell)

The Seneca Falls Central School District Board of Education has been named School Board Advocate of the Year by the New York State School Boards Association for its outstanding leadership, focus and effort in public education advocacy. The award was presented to the board at the Association’s Capital Conference in Albany on March 14.

The Seneca Falls Central School District Board of Education is involved in many local advocacy initiatives. Board members meet with representatives of the state Assembly, Senate and governor’s office on a regular basis to discuss ways to improve the quality of education for students.

 


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


Cuomo uses 'failing' schools label to push receivership takeover model

On Board Online • March 16, 2015

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

Don't tell Jamika Holmes she is "trapped" in a "failing school."

"This is not a failing school," she declared when Principal Ed DeChent told her recently that their Yonkers school had landed on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's list of failing schools, released in a report on Feb. 27.

"I feel insulted," Holmes, a junior at Roosevelt High School, later told On Board. "I don't see anything about my school that's failing. My school is beyond a success."

In recent weeks, Gov. Cuomo, charter school advocates and others have used the "F" word like a mantra in speeches and statements. They have sought to redefine as "failing" more than 170 schools identified by the State Education Department as "priority" schools because of low test scores.

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