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Advocacy Alert - 2015 Proposed Bylaw Amendments & Resolutions Book

August 24, 2015

Dear Member:

Below is the link to view the 2015 Proposed Bylaw Amendments & Resolutions Book.

This book contains information needed to prepare for the 2015 Annual Business Meeting, including:

  • The Order of Business.
  • The Report of the Resolutions Committee.
  • Rules of Conduct for the Business Meeting.
  • Instructions for the Submission of Amendments and Rebuttals.

Advocacy Alert - Federal Issues Update

August 8, 2015

Federal Issues Update

This week, the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team, in partnership with the NSBA Director of Federal Legislation Deborah Rigsby, conducted a webinar briefing on key issues under consideration by the 114th Congress. Highlights of the discussion include:

  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization
  • Federal Funding
  • Local Governance and Authority
  • School Nutrition and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

If you were unable to view the event live, you can watch the webinar or review the power point at the links below:

Advocacy Alert: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization Update; August Webinar

July 29, 2015

On July 16th the U.S. Senate voted on and passed S. 1177, the bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act, to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) by a roll call vote of 81-17.  Vouchers and tuition tax credits to non-public schools were not included in the Senate bill.  Thanks to the efforts of Senator Schumer, the Senate rejected an attempt to amend the Title I program which would have cost New York schools more than $300 million. NYSSBA joined Schumer in his fight against the changes to the existing federal funding formula; click below to read the release.

Call To Action - Oppose Private School Vouchers

July 10, 2015

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) shared the following alert and asked us to share it with our membership.

Please take action on this important issue.

If you have any questions, please contact NYSSBA Governmental Relations at 518-783-0200.

Next week, the Senate will continue consideration of S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act, to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  As action continues, we need to prevent approval of amendments that could redirect valuable resources away from our nation’s public schools. One voucher amendment has already been offered (and soundly defeated). We anticipate that more amendments on vouchers, tuition tax credits for non-public schools, Title I portability or other measures will be offered as early as Monday, July 13. Therefore, we need your help: Urge your Senators to support public education and oppose any attempts to send public funds to private schools.

Advocacy Alert - 2015 Legislative Wrap Up

July 2, 2015

Yesterday, the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team conducted a webinar discussing the end of the 2015 legislative session how your school districts could be affected.

We discussed what bills state lawmakers passed, what bills they did not, and what business was left unfinished. Highlights of the discussion included:

Advocacy Alert - Senate Bullet Aid

June 26, 2015

Late last night the Senate passed Resolution No. 3050, which allocates more than $15 million to dozens of school districts, libraries and not-for-profit organizations for  fiscal year 2015-16. This funding, commonly referred to a “bullet aid,” is in addition to the state aid amounts approved as part of this year’s budget and does not flow through traditional state aid formulas.

To find a listing of this year’s Senate “bullet aid” list, please click below:

Advocacy Alert - End of Session Deal Released

June 25, 2015

The 2015 regular session ended in a way that was reminiscent of the session overall- a mix of good and bad outcomes. NYSSBA secured some victories and suffered some defeats.

As is usually the case at the end of session, we measure our successes as much by looking to the policies that could have been enacted and did not, as those which were.

Final bills are scheduled to be voted on tonight. NYSSBA’s Governmental Relations team will provide you with a complete legislative wrap up next week, through a video webinar and a written summary. Register below and NYSSBA staff will send details!

Education Investment Tax Credit

The final deal did NOT include a tax credit or deduction to support private school tuition. NYSSBA opposed the creation of such a program.

Advocacy Alert - Assembly Releases Bullet Aid Allocations

June 24, 2015

Today, the Assembly passed Resolution No. 826, which allocates more than $14 million to dozens of school districts, libraries and not-for-profit organizations for 2015-16. This funding, commonly referred to a “bullet aid,” is in addition to the state aid amounts approved as part of this year’s budget and does not flow through traditional state aid formulas.

Act Now - Join Us in Asking the Assembly to Pass This Legislation

June 17, 2015

A.2800-a (Lentol) / S.430-a (Gallivan) which amends the penal law to make all threats of violence against groups of people a felony passed the Senate yesterday. The impetus of this legislation came from the Walton School District through the NYSSBA resolution process.

Under current law if someone threatens a fire, an explosion, or a hazardous chemical substance they are guilty of a class D felony, yet if someone makes a threat of violence through other means against a school this would just be a misdemeanor. This legislation would address that inequity.

Click below to read more about this bill:

While this has passed the Senate we need your help to get it through the Assembly.

Take Action Now

Call To Action End of Session Update June 12, 2015

With only three scheduled session days remaining, most pending education issues remain unresolved which means we will continue our work into next week.

The NYSSBA Government Relations team wanted to provide our members with an update on the status of legislative proposals of concern to our members.

SUPPORT Changes to Implementation of Annual Professional Performance Reviews (APPR)

A.7303-a, sponsored by Assembly Education Chairwoman Cathy Nolan, would make changes to the implementation of the updated APPR including:

  • Delinking APPR compliance and state aid increases;
  • Delaying the effective date until 2016;
  • Making the use of independent evaluators optional rather than mandatory

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