Advocacy Update - 86% of NYSSBA Survey Respondents Oppose Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education

January 9, 2017

Over the last week, as the U.S. Senate has prepared to conduct Ms. DeVos's confirmation hearing. The New York State School Boards Association has been preparing as well. We conducted a survey of our advocacy network, which primarily consists of school board members and other school district officials and staff throughout the state, asking for their input on the nomination so it might be shared with New York's senators and other decision makers.

Overwhelmingly, respondents oppose Ms. Devos's appointment as Secretary of Education with 86% of respondents stating their opposition.

While NYSSBA does not take positions on elected or appointed officials, absent a formal vote of our members through the resolutions process, we thought it was important to provide our members and partners an opportunity to voice their individual positions and opinions through this platform.

NYSSBA has shared the results of this survey with Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and the NYS congressional delegation.

The results of the survey and the letter can be viewed below.

2017 Session Underway

On Wednesday, January 6th, the 2017 legislative session began. As a part of the opening, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie opened the session by highlighting his agenda for 2017. Public education was at the top of that agenda. The agenda he outlined included a commitment to a full phase in of the Foundation Aid formula, on a fixed schedule (consistent with NYSSBAs budget recommendations). The Speaker also reflected on the many threats to public education and the importance of protecting public education.  

The Senate was more internally focused on their first day and did not address specific policy issues.

NYSSBAs Budget recommendations and Legislative Priorities can be viewed below.

NYSSBA 2017 Capital Conference Registration is Open

Registration for the NYSSBA 2017 Capital Conference is now open. This year, the event will be held on February 12th and 13th at the New York State Museum with housing at the Renaissance Albany Hotel. Join us on Sunday with Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and special dinner speaker Dana Goldstein, journalist and author.

Click on the link below to register:

National Advocacy Institute Registration

The National School Boards Association's National Advocacy Institute (NAI) will be held on January 29-31, 2017 in Washington, D.C. This federal conference and lobby day is open to all board members and community partners. NYSSBA will be scheduling appointments and sharing that information with registrants.

Registration information can be accessed below.

For more information, visit our Key Issues Page, and be sure to follow NYSSBA on Facebook and Twitter.

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