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Statement from NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on Grades 3-8 Test Scores

FOR RELEASE:  August 7, 2013

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

The grades 3-8 test results released today create a baseline measure of student learning under the Common Core standards.

It is important to recognize that student achievement did not go down; instead, standards went up. 

The state realigned exams to more closely mirror the knowledge and skills that students will need to succeed after high school. We can use this year’s results for comparisons in future years. 


Statement of New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the 2013 Legislative Session

FOR RELEASE:  June 24, 2013

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

The 2013 legislative session provided many positive developments for schools.

Lawmakers delivered an on-time budget with a $1 billion education aid increase that helped schools earn a 95 percent passage rate on the first budget vote this year.

With many school districts struggling financially, school boards launched a “No New Mandates” campaign, asking lawmakers not to enact any new unfunded mandates on schools.  Lawmakers largely honored our request, passing only a handful of new initiatives compared to the many dozens under consideration.


Coalition of Schools, Local Government and Business Groups to Legislature: Read our Lips: No New Mandates!

FOR RELEASE: May 28, 2013

CONTACT: Al Marlin (518-783-3723)

A coalition of education, local government and business groups today called on state lawmakers not to pass any new unfunded mandates on schools and municipalities this year.

“The end of the legislative session is infamous for last-minute, unfunded mandates,” said Timothy Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association. “In a vacuum, they may well be good policy, but not when judged against the burdens of already struggling schools and local governments.”

Members of the Let NY Work Coalition are launching a grassroots email and phone campaign designed to prevent state legislators from shifting the costs of its new programs onto local communities and their taxpayers.

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Overall, 95% of school budgets pass

FOR RELEASE: May 22, 2013

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

98% passage rate for school districts within tax cap; 25% passage rate for districts exceeding cap

New York State voters approved 95.5 percent of school district budgets on Tuesday, May 21, according to an analysis by the New York State School Boards Association.

“Residents in communities across this state stood strong once again in support of public education,” said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer.  “The high level of voter support for school budgets speaks to the importance of public education. We appreciate the trust that voters place in our school board members and educators.”

Initial statewide results gathered by NYSSBA indicate voters have passed 644 school district budgets. The number of budgets defeated was 32. NYSSBA was still awaiting results for nine districts.

In the second year of the state’s property tax cap, 642 districts, or 96 percent, were within their maximum allowable tax levy increases under the cap and required only a simple majority to pass their budgets. Of those districts, 98.3 percent passed.

Twenty-eight districts, or 4 percent, had budgets that exceeded the tax cap and required a 60 percent “supermajority” to pass. Of those districts, 25 percent passed their budgets. 


Statement on Upcoming Budget Votes and School Board Elections

By Timothy G. Kremer
Executive Director, New York State School Boards Association

FOR RELEASE: May 17, 2013

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

Voters across the state will go to the polls next Tuesday to vote on their school district budgets and elect school board members.

Voting day marks the culmination of a budget process that included months of public input and careful analysis.

School boards have listened to their communities and worked diligently to craft budgets that provide the best educational opportunities possible at the price taxpayers can afford.


School board members optimistic on budget vote

FOR RELEASE:  May 13, 2013

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

An overwhelming majority of school board members are optimistic that their budgets will pass on May 21, according to a recent poll by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).

Ninety-three percent of respondents to the poll said they expect their budgets to pass on the first vote. Only 7 percent did not think their budget would pass the first time around.

 “School board members and their leadership teams have devoted countless hours listening to their communities and crafting budgets that balance the needs of students and taxpayers,” said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer.


Schools stay within tax cap; draw heavily on reserves

FOR RELEASE:  May 9, 2013

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

Ninety-six percent of school districts are proposing tax levy increases at or below their tax levy limits in their upcoming budgets, according to an analysis of property tax report card data by the New York State School Boards Association.

Overall, 641 districts are proposing budgets within their tax caps, while 28 are seeking to override their cap.

“Crafting budgets this year was like walking a tightrope. Move too far in one direction and you cut too deeply into educational programs. Move too far in the other direction and you run the risk of exceeding your tax levy limit. Overall, school boards did an outstanding job of balancing the needs of students and taxpayers,” said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer.


Anne M. Byrne of Nanuet president-elect of the National School Boards Association

FOR RELEASE:  April 24, 2013

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

Anne M. Byrne of Nanuet was elected president-elect of the National School Boards Association during NSBA’s annual conference in April in San Diego.

The National School Boards Association represents state school boards association members and more than 90,000 local school board members, who lead 13,809 local school districts serving the nation's 50 million public school students. Byrne has been a member of the NSBA board since 2006.

Byrne was president of the New York State School Boards Association from 2004-2005. She served as vice president in 2002-2003 and the Area 10 Director from 1997 to 2003, representing school boards in Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties.

Byrne currently is president of the Nanuet School Board in Rockland County, where she has served since 1981. She was president and vice president of the Rockland County School Boards Association.


Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the 2013-14 State Budget

FOR RELEASE:  March 28, 2013

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

The state budget passed by the Senate and now being deliberated by the Assembly provides over $1 billion in total state aid to school districts.  It will be the third on-time budget in a row, which is helpful to school districts working to add clarity to local budget deliberations. 

Our preliminary analysis shows that this budget begins to recognize school districts’ actual fiscal circumstances and their communities’ ability to pay. It provides increases in every aid category while giving districts flexibility and restores a large portion of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). It continues the predictability of two-year funding and does not shift any new costs to districts. The budget also: 


Statement from New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Timothy Kremer on State Budget Negotiations

FOR RELEASE:  March 22, 2013

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

School boards welcome the $1 billion increase in education spending in the state budget as well as the separate investments in innovations such as extended learning, early college programs, community schools, full-day prekindergarten, and teacher stipends.

As lawmakers now hammer out the fine details, we urge them to take the following actions to help schools deal with looming budget deficits:


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