Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the end of the 2019 Legislative Session


FOR RELEASE: June 21, 2019

 

 

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell

@nyschoolboards

   

State lawmakers took a number of significant steps during this legislative session to protect the health and safety of our students and to provide local school districts with new tools and flexibility to enhance educational programs.

At the same time, we also must note that some legislative actions taken this year are likely to impose new costs and unnecessary mandates on local school districts.

Positive developments from this year’s session include:  

We are disappointed, however, by some missed opportunities to protect local taxpayers from excessive new costs and mandates.  We expect some outcomes from this session could force school districts and taxpayers to shoulder significant new costs and additional layers of time-consuming administrative work without additional financial help from the state.

Among the disappointing developments:

Legislation requiring school districts to establish workplace violence prevention plans and submit them to the State Labor Department needlessly duplicates many systems and requirements already in place in virtually all school districts. Districts already must develop comprehensive safety plans that provide for training in non-violent conflict resolution, building security policies and procedures and annual safety training for staff and students. If signed into law by the governor, this duplicative requirement simply will impose another costly mandate and take time away from the many other duties school staff members must handle.

 

 

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