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School Boards Association reports that 98.5 percent of school budgets pass; more than three-quarters of override attempts succeed

FOR RELEASE: May 18, 2016

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

New York State voters approved an overwhelming 98.5 percent of school district budgets on Tuesday, May 17, according to an analysis by the New York State School Boards Association.

"Despite a near-zero tax cap, school districts managed to put together spending plans that in some cases restored educational programs and services, thanks to a large infusion of state aid," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. "The question is, will the state be able to sustain that commitment going forward?"

"The tax cap may be helping to keep taxes down, but it comes at a cost to our schools, which now need the state to make up for the funding they cannot raise locally," Kremer added.

Initial statewide results gathered by NYSSBA indicate voters passed 655 school district budgets. The number of budgets defeated was 10. NYSSBA was still awaiting results for 11 districts.

In the fifth year of the state's property tax cap, 640 districts proposed budgets with tax levies that were within their caps and required only a simple majority to pass. Of those districts, 99.7 percent saw their budgets pass.

 


Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on Smart Schools Bond Act Funding

FOR RELEASE: May 11, 2016

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

We are gratified to learn that funding from the Smart Schools Bond Act, passed by voters in 2014, will finally start flowing to school districts.

Today, post-secondary institutions and employers expect students to be well-versed in technology.


Low CPI Forces More Districts to Override Tax Cap

FOR RELEASE: May 4, 2016

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

Twice as many school districts as last year plan to seek overrides of their tax caps when voters go to the polls May 17 to decide the fate of school budgets, according to an analysis of State Education Department data by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA). 

The reason: near zero inflation. A Consumer Price Index (CPI) of only 0.12 percent has limited tax levy growth to an average statewide levy increase of only 1 percent.

 


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

FOR RELEASE: April 1, 2016

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

The 2016-17 budget contains a number of positive measures for schools. 

Among them are a nearly $1.5 billion state aid increase, including a substantial foundation aid increase, full funding of expense-based aids, and an end to the much-despised gap elimination adjustment. To the GEA, we say RIP.


NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer Statement on Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa

FOR RELEASE: March 21, 2016

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

The New York State School Boards Association congratulates Dr. Betty Rosa for being elected chancellor of the Board of Regents.

Dr. Rosa has long been a champion of making sure the state's most disadvantaged students – those from poor families, those with special needs and those whose first language is not English – have the resources they need to be successful. Her personal and professional experiences have prepared her very well to be our new chancellor.

School boards everywhere look forward to working with Chancellor Rosa, newly-elected Vice Chancellor Andrew Brown and the rest of the Board of Regents as they address important issues regarding educational equity for all, revamping the Common Core learning standards and standardized testing program, attracting the most qualified teacher candidates, and creating a new teacher evaluation system.  

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NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer Statement on Senate and Assembly Budget Resolutions

FOR RELEASE: March 14, 2016

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

The budget resolutions put forward by the state Assembly and Senate are encouraging for school districts. 

Both provide substantial infusions of Foundation Aid above the governor's proposal – and both abolish the Gap Elimination Adjustment next year.


NYSSBA partners with VisdomK12 to improve school safety

FOR RELEASE: March 10, 2016

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723
@nyschoolboards

The New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) and VisdomK12, a company specializing in crowdsourcing review technologies for school districts, have entered into a partnership that will help public school district leaders better understand the attitudes and perspectives of their many stakeholders toward school safety. 


Statement by NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the Newly Appointed Regents Board Members

FOR RELEASE: March 8, 2016

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

We congratulate the three new members of the Board of Regents who were appointed today by the New York State Legislature:  Luis Reyes, Nan Mead and Elizabeth Smith Hakanson.


Tax Cap Data Illustrates Flaws in the Law

FOR RELEASE: March 3, 2016

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

About one in eight school districts will have to decrease the amount they can raise in property taxes in the 2016-17 school year over the current year when they bring their budgets to voters in May in order to comply with the tax cap – unless they can convince at least 60 percent of voters to override the cap, according to data released today by the New York State Comptroller. 


NYS Deputy Secretary of Education Hochman to speak at NYSSBA Conference

FOR RELEASE: February 24, 2016

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

 
MEDIA ADVISORY and PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
School board members bring their voices to the Capitol;
Hear from NYS Deputy Secretary for Education Jere Hochman
Who:      School board members, elected leaders and state education officials
What:     NYSSBA Capital Conference
When:    Sunday, February 28, 2015, 3:30-8:30 p.m., and Monday, February 29 starting at 8:00 a.m.
Where:   Hilton Albany, 40 Lodge Street, Albany, NY
Why:      School board members from across the state unite to discuss education issues
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