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Advocacy Update: 2016 Annual Business Meeting

November 1, 2016

Delegates at the 2016 Annual Business Meeting engaged in significant debate on a number of issues. This year, the delegates were presented with five proposed bylaw amendments and twenty-four resolutions. By the end of the meeting, delegates had elected the 2017 NYSSBA officers, adopted two bylaw amendments, extended two existing positions and adopted fourteen new positions.

These positions will remain in effect as a part of the Association’s active program for five years, unless they are rescinded or achieved sooner. As a result, the NYSSBA governmental relations team will work toward advancing proposals that would implement these policy changes.

Advocacy Alert: USED Releases Guidance on Title IV

October 25, 2016

Last week, the US Education Department released non-regulatory guidance to implement Title IV of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Funding under this title can be used for programs that improve school conditions for student learning and improve academic achievement and digital literacy.

Advocacy Alert - SED Releases Guidance on State Aid for Lead Testing and Remediation

October 13, 2016

Earlier this week, the State Education Department released guidance regarding the reporting requirements and aid available to reimburse districts for some of the costs associated with testing for lead in water and remediation if lead contamination is discovered.

The full guidance can be read below as well as the regulations released by the Department of Health last month.

Advocacy Update: NYSED Releases Draft Learning Standards

September 28, 2016

Last week, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) released new draft New York State P-12 English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards for public comment. The new draft standards are the result of the NYSSBA supported year-long effort to gather feedback from teachers and parents. Two committees comprised of more than 100 teachers and parents reviewed every standard and recommended changing 60 percent of the ELA and 55 percent of the mathematics standards.

2016 Voting Delegate Guide for the Annual Business Meeting

September 27, 2016

Saturday, October 29 – 8:00 a.m.
Convention Center Ballroom

Below you will find a link to the 2016 Voting Delegate Guide for the Annual Business Meeting.  This guide contains the report of the Resolutions Committee as well as rebuttals received by the September 19 deadline. This year, we received a total of four rebuttals.

Advocacy Alert: Lead Testing Bill Signed

September 12, 2016

Governor Signs Lead Testing Bill

On September 6th, Governor Cuomo signed Chapter 296 (S.8158, O'Mara / A.10740, Lupardo) requiring public school districts and boards of cooperative educational services to conduct testing of school potable water sources for lead contamination.

The New York State Department of Health filed emergency regulations on the same day providing the specific guidelines for implementation.

2016 Proposed Bylaw Amendments and Resolutions Book

September 2, 2016

Dear Member:

Below is the link to the 2016 Proposed Bylaw Amendments & Resolutions Book.

This book contains information needed to prepare for the 2016 Annual Business Meeting, including:

  • The Order of Business.
  • The Report of the Resolutions Committee.
  • Rules of Conduct for the Business Meeting.
  • Instructions for the Submission of Amendments and Rebuttals.

Advocacy Update: Governor Signs Cold War Veterans Tax Exemption

August 30, 2016

On August 19th, Governor Cuomo signed a bill authorizing school districts to grant the Cold War veterans property tax exemption to eligible taxpayers within their school district. NYSSBA opposed this bill in its final form and sought a veto. However, this exemption is now available in addition to the “alternative veterans exemption” approved in 2013.

Like the alternative exemption, this exemption is offered at district option, after adoption of a board resolution. The new law provides no funding or reimbursement from the state for those districts who offer the exemption. Throughout the year, NYSSBA aggressively pushed legislators and the Governor’s office to amend the proposal to make the state fiscally responsible for subsidizing exemptions they initiate.

Advocacy Alert: Federal Issues Briefing

August 1, 2016

Last week, the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team, in partnership with the NSBA conducted a webinar on key issues under consideration by Congress as they break for district work period. Highlights of the discussion include:

  • ESSA Implementation
  • Federal Funding
  • School Nutrition and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

Advocacy Alert: National School Boards Action Center Reception

July 13, 2016

At the end of July, each of the major political parties will hold their conventions before heading to their districts for August District Work Period. The National School Boards Association’s Political Action Committee will be hosting receptions at each of these national conventions. They have extended an invitation to local school board members who will be serving as party delegates or who will be attending either convention to join them.

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