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February 28, 2014

Capital Conference - March 9 & 10

State leaders are in the midst of budget negotiations that will have a profound impact on your district.  Who among us would want the governor’s proposal for state aid to be the final aid figure you receive?  Who among us would want Building Aid to be reduced or the GEA to remain part of the state budget plan?  There is work to be done and we must do it.  Legislators desperately need to know the potential harm that would be cause to their local schools.  If we don’t tell them what’s needed, someone else’s need will take priority.  Is doubling your district’s projected aid increase worth a day of your time?  Little more than a week away, NYSSBA’s Capital Conference will provide you the opportunity to discuss your need with your legislators.  You’ll have the chance to interact with the very people who will make the most important decisions facing your district; people like State Budget Director Robert Megna, Senate Finance Committee Chair John DeFrancisco, Senate Education Committee Chair John Flanagan and Governor Cuomo’s top education staffer, Deputy Secretary Ian Rosenblum.  Having problems with Common Core implementation?  Come talk with Education Commissioner John King and Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch. 

You’ll be briefed on the most critical issues and honor public education’s top legislative leaders and your best advocates.  All of that will take place in less than 24 hours, so that you will only need to spend one night away from home.  Even better, the Capital Conference is provided as a free service to NYSSBA members.  It’s a quick, free and highly effective means of protecting the best interests of your kids and your taxpayers.  The most lasting impact of your board service may well be the effect you have on state education policy.  Don’t pass it by.  Below you’ll find the agenda for the Capital Conference.  With so much riding on you, please plan to join your colleagues at this critically important opportunity.

Noon – 2:00 p.m.
- Registration – East Gallery

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Conference Kick-off – Governor A/B
Welcome: Lynne Lenhardt, NYSSBA President
Mission Overview: Timothy G. Kremer, NYSSBA Executive Director

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
You, Your Team, and Your Questions – Governor A/B
- David Little, Esq., Director of Governmental Relations
- Julie Marlette, Deputy Director of Governmental Relations
- Michael Fox, Senior Legislative Policy Analyst
- Meghana Godambe, Esq., Governmental Relations Representative
- Brian Fessler, Governmental Relations Representative

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Reform Agenda Town Hall – Governor A/B
- Chancellor Merryl Tisch, New York State Board of Regents
- Dr. John King, Commissioner of Education

4:30 – 5:30 p.m
State Budget Update and Discussion – Governor A/B
- Honorable John DeFrancisco, Chair, Senate Finance Committee
- Honorable John Flanagan, Chair Senate Education Committee
- Robert Megna, New York State Budget Director
- Charles Szuberla, Assistant Commissioner of State Education
- Moderator: Liz Benjamin, Anchor & Host, Capital Tonight

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Reception – East & West Gallery
- Music provided by the Tamarac High School Jazz Band

6:30 p.m.
Dinner and Awards Presentation – Governor C/D/E
- Guest Speaker: Bruce Gyory, Senior Advisor, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP

2014 NYSSBA Awards
State Legislative Freshmen Leaders of the Year
- Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk
- Member of Assembly Patricia Fahy

Advocates of the Year
- Russell Stewart, Waterville Board of Education
- Daniel Tomaszewski, Longwood Board of Education

Board Advocacy Leadership – Utica City Board of Education
- Christopher Salatino, Louis LaPolla, Margaret Buckley, Donald Dawes, Evon Ervin, Michele Mandia and Michael Paul

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Registration – East Gallery
Breakfast – Governor C/D/E

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Guest Speaker – Governor C/D/E
- Ian Rosenblum, New York State Deputy Secretary of Education

10:00 a.m. onward
Legislative Appointments

Remember: Please allow plenty of time to go through security and to walk to your appointment(s).  Sharp objects such as pocket knives or scissors are not allowed in the Capital or the Legislative Office Buildings.

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