Positions Adopted at the 2021 Annual Business Meeting

POSITION STATEMENTS

 

Resolution – Adopted

RESOLVED, that the New York State School Boards Association calls upon the state Legislature and the Governor to reform New York State education funding in accordance with the following tenets to ensure adequate resources to public schools in the State of New York by providing for:

  • Adequacy that provides sufficient resources to assure the opportunity for a sound basic education for all students; and
  • Equity to distribute a foundation level of state aid for every student that is based on the actual cost of providing a sound basic education that fairly compensates for differences in community costs, needs and resources while precluding municipalities from using state aid to replace local education resources; and
  • Flexibility to increase the percentage of operating aid so that boards of education retain the discretion to determine what educational programs best address local needs while local communities should not be restrained from determining the level of funding they will expend to support educational programs; and
  • Predictability based on timely passage of the state budget and stable funding distributed through a consistent, uniformly applied formula that would not require annual manipulation by the Legislature and that would facilitate long-term planning by school districts; and
  • Clarity by establishing a funding formula that is easily explained and understood.

 

Resolution – Adopted

RESOLVED, that the New York State School Boards Association supports state proposals affecting public education that:

  • Provide access to programs that prepare students to be college-and-career-ready;
  • Achieve equity and adequacy in funding;
  • Promote efficiency and cost-effectiveness;
  • Advance high expectations for all students;
  • Embrace innovative approaches and assessments;
  • Foster community engagement and regional cooperation.

 

Resolution – Adopted

RESOLVED, that the New York State School Boards Association support proposals that would allow students with disabilities to be tested at their developmental age.


Resolution – Adopted

RESOLVED, that the New York State School Boards Association support proposals that would increase state and federal reimbursements for school meals.


Resolution – Adopted

RESOLVED, that the New York State School Boards Association support proposals that would generate new state revenues with the dedicated purpose of funding education.


Resolution – Adopted

RESOLVED, that the New York State School Boards Association support legislation to amend the education law to permit voters to obtain absentee ballots for school district elections and budget votes when such elections and budget votes are scheduled on a day which coincides with a religious holiday for such voters and to continue to permit districts to utilize the already existing option to alter the date of the election and budget vote if the uniform budget date falls on a religious holiday.


Resolution – Adopted

RESOLVED, that the New York State School Boards Association work with the Office of the State Comptroller and other necessary policymakers to ensure that Comptroller audits are based on statutory guidelines or provisions of state law, rather than subjective standards and preferences.


Resolution – Adopted

RESOLVED, that the New York State School Boards Association supports updates to the Open Meetings Law to allow for School Board Trustees to attend meetings remotely via video conferencing without disclosing their location and without permitting public in-person access to an individual trustee's remote location.


Resolution – Adopted

RESOLVED, that the New York State School Boards Association supports legislation to amend the Open Meetings Law (the "OML") to (a) provide enhanced opportunities for the conducting of business at a meeting of a public body through the use of remote meeting technology; (b) authorize committees of a public body to meet through the use of videoconferencing without a fixed location for the meeting, and (c) eliminate the requirement that a public body subject to the OML identify the location(s) from which a member of the public body will be attending the meeting remotely and eliminate the requirement that members of the public be accorded the right to attend such meetings at those remote locations.


Resolution – Adopted

RESOLVED, that the New York State School Boards Association supports revision of the Child Safety Zone statute [Education Law §3635-b] and implementing regulations of the State Education Department to establish a more flexible and meaningful set of criteria for the determination of a Child Safety Zone for which a school district may provide student transportation as an ordinary contingent expense.


Resolution – Adopted

RESOLVED, that the New York State School Boards Association calls upon the state Legislature and the Governor to provide funding for assistance to school districts to allow them to make and implement decisions in the best interest of the global environment, including and especially in the areas of facilities improvements, transportation, and upkeep.


Resolution – Adopted

RESOLVED, that the New York State School Boards Association support legislation at the state and federal levels for their appropriate governmental agencies to assume the fiscal responsibility for student nutrition, shifting that financial burden away from public schools and thereby increasing the allocation of resources to enable all districts to provide nutritious meals and snacks for all students without incurring negative impacts upon their annual budgets.


Resolution – Adopted

RESOLVED, that the New York State School Boards Association supports state legislation that would evaluate the efficacy of, and require use of accurate, recent data in future implementation of Foundation Aid.


Resolution – Adopted

RESOLVED, that the New York State School Boards Association have as a legislative imperative, an addition to the current New York State Public Health Law, that all immunizations required of students under the provisions of New York State Public Health Law 2164 be required of all school staff where medically appropriate for adults.


Resolution – Adopted

RESOLVED, that the New York State School Boards Association supports legislation that abolishes State School Level expenditure Reporting.


Resolution – Adopted

RESOLVED, that the New York State School Boards Association supports state aid eligibility for school districts that are obligated to pay tuition reimbursement for unilateral private placements.


Resolution – Adopted

RESOLVED, that the New York State School Boards Association seek legislative and/or policy changes to streamline the teacher certification process for teachers from out of state and those with previous teaching experience.

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