Statement of New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the end of session
FOR RELEASE: June 20, 2016
CONTACT: David Albert
The 2016 legislative session brought many positive changes for public education.
Lawmakers provided funding for lead testing and remediation in school drinking water. Protecting the health and safety of students and staff is every school board's highest priority.
Lawmakers extended the deadline for completing teacher evaluation plans without jeopardizing state aid, providing much-needed breathing room to schools negotiating new evaluation agreements.
Lawmakers continued mayoral control in New York City, without imposing burdensome statewide reporting requirements on all schools.
Perhaps the most memorable achievement of this session was a $1.5 billion state aid increase for schools, including elimination of the GEA.
There were challenges along the way. But in the end, the governor and legislature imposed no new curriculum mandates, rejected an Education Investment Tax Credit, and made no substantial changes to charter schools that would disrupt traditional public schools.
While we are disappointed that lawmakers did not enact changes to the property tax cap, we thank lawmakers for their efforts on behalf of public education.