Advocacy Alert: NYSED and AG Release District Guidance on Students' Rights

November 22, 2016

Last week, New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released a set of guidance documents and resources for school districts to prevent and if necessary, manage acts of bullying and other behaviors in their schools. These resources were released in response to reports of a number of disturbing incidents of bias and hate-based acts of bigotry, including vandalism, harassment, bullying and even violence across New York communities.

A link to their letter and resources can be found below.  

If you wish to discuss these important resources, please contact NYSED's Office of Student Support Services at 518-486-6090, or Please also feel free to reach out to NYSSBA for assistance with any issues you may have in your school community. The NYSSBA team is here to assist you in any way possible.


Updated ESSA Guidance

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education released guidance for fiscal changes and equitable services requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The guidance highlights changes to: Title I, Part A within-state allocations; Title I within-district allocations; Title II, Part A allocations; maintenance of effort requirements; and transferability requirements.  ESSA also makes a number of changes to the equitable services requirements for private school students in Title I and Title VIII.  This document discusses these specific changes.

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