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Advocacy Update: State Budget Update

March 29, 2018

Yesterday, the first of the final budget bills were introduced in both the Senate and Assembly. However, as has been the case in recent years, the first bills were stripped down to include minimal, noncontroversial content. There is no deal on the major education issues including school aid, nonpublic school issues, charter schools, whether or not school districts will be required to seek state approval of their building level, or per pupil spending plans. A handful of education issues were addressed in the initial bills, including:  


Advocacy Update: State Budget Negotiations Continue

March 26, 2018

This week and last week, the Governmental Relations team was aggressive in working to ensure NYSSBA's budget priorities are included in the final state budget. The Joint Budget Conference committee, made of legislative leaders from each house, known as the "mothership", met and a spending amount or "table target" of $70 million dollars was announced for the education table. Table targets relate to budgeted revenues for Legislative additions to the Executive budget proposal. Some of the items under discussion for funding are school safety, mental health programs and funding for nonpublic schools and the charter industry. 


Advocacy Update: NYSSBA Call to Action, Budget Priorities

March 19, 2018

Following the release of the Legislative budget proposals, the Governmental Relations team is hard at work advocating for NYSSBA's budget priorities, including:

  • Increasing Foundation Aid funding well above the Executive's proposal
  • Eliminating Foundation Aid set-asides, including Contracts for Excellence and Community Schools
  • Rejecting the proposed caps on expense-based aids, including transportation, building and BOCES aids


Advocacy Alert: NYSSBA Analysis of Legislative Budget Proposals

March 16, 2018

Below, you will find NYSSBA analyses of the Senate and Assembly budget proposals.

As we indicated earlier this week, both houses included proposals for significantly more education aid, primarily Foundation Aid, than the executive proposed. However, like the executive, each house included a variety of policy-related proposals directly affecting school districts.


Advocacy Update: Senate Introduces Legislative Budget Proposal

March 14, 2018

Last night, the Senate released its own response to the Executive budget proposal. This afternoon, they introduced the accompanying resolution that provided some additional details around the proposal.

Complete analysis of the bills are underway, however some initial highlights include:

  • A $957 million increase in education aid over 2017-18
    • $717.2 million of this funding would be an increase in Foundation Aid
  • A rejection of the Executive proposal to cap reimbursement for BOCES, transportation and building aid


Advocacy Update: Assembly Releases Legislative Budget Proposal

March 13, 2018

Last night, the Assembly Majority released their legislative budget proposal. Analysis of the bills is underway, however an initial read reveals that this proposal includes a number of NYSSBA priority items, and rejects some of the most harmful items in the Executive proposal.

The Assembly proposal includes:

  • $1.5 billion in education funding over 2017-18
    • $1.2 billion in Foundation Aid over 2017-18, more than tripling the Executive proposal
    • A commitment to a four year phase-in of the Foundation Aid formula
  • An increase in the BOCES district superintendent salary cap  
  • Authorization for districts to create a TRS reserve fund


Advocacy Update: Senate and Assembly Act on Gun Control and School Safety Proposals

March 7, 2018

Earlier this week, the State Senate and Assembly each acted on a series of bills in response to the most recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The Senate acted first, taking up a series of school focused bills on Monday afternoon. Included in their package was legislation that would:

  • Make all threats of mass violence against a school a felony
  • Alter the reimbursement for the Smart Schools Bond Act payments
  • Establish grant programs for some districts to access funding mental health coordinators and school resource officers
  • Increase the salary limits for retired police officers serving as school resource officers
  • Require that a NYC police officer be placed in every NYC school
  • Designate all school resource officers as peace officers
  • Create distinctive license plates, the fees for which would fund school safety programs


Advocacy Update: Contact Your Legislators before Legislative Budgets

March 2, 2018

Work on the development of the "one house" legislative budget proposals for 2018 is well under way. Take Action Now

Contact your legislators and ask them to consider NYSSBA's priorities  as they finalize the 2018 state budget, including:

  • Increasing Foundation Aid for all districts
  • Rejecting the proposed cap on expense based aids
  • Rejecting SED and DOB approval of building based budgets
  • Increasing funding for district based health and mental health services


Advocacy Update: 30 Day Executive Budget Amendments

February 16, 2018

Late Thursday night, Governor Cuomo submitted a series of amendments to the original executive budget proposal he offered in January. Commonly referred to as "30 Day Amendments," the release notably includes a number of potential changes to the state's tax system, in response to the new federal tax plan - and the cap on SALT deductions, in particular - enacted late last year. These proposals include:


Advocacy Update: Framework Adopted for 2018 and 2019 Federal Spending

February 12, 2018

Congressional leaders have finally reached a long-sought agreement on top-line spending that will pave the way to complete the FY 2018 federal appropriations and budget process. The bipartisan agreement establishes new spending levels for FY 2018 and 2019, and temporarily extends federal funding until March 23 to avoid an additional federal government shutdown. Congress must now put together a larger omnibus spending package that will spell out allocations of funds for the U.S. Department of Education and other agencies through the remainder of the fiscal year.


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