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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.


Advocacy Alert: NYSSBA Webinar and Budget Analysis

January 25, 2018

Earlier this week the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team conducted a webinar to provide an overview of the 2018 Executive Budget and answer your questions.  

If you were unable to attend live and wish to view the webinar, you may do so at any time at the link below.

You may also review the written material Governmental Relations shared as a part of the webinar:


Advocacy Alert: Deal Close to Reopen the Federal Government

January 22, 2018

Friday night, the US Senate failed to pass a fourth Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government running. The House passed a CR (H.R.195) by a vote of 230 to 197 on Thursday that included a full reauthorization for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through FY 2023 in hopes of attracting Democratic votes in the Senate.  The CR would have continued level funding for Title I grants for disadvantaged students, special education state grants and related programs and, would delay for two years the collection of the federal excise tax (or "Cadillac Tax") on certain employer health care coverages.


Advocacy Alert: Governor Releases 2018-19 Executive Budget

January 16, 2018

Earlier today, Governor Cuomo released his proposed 2018-19 state budget. The Executive proposes a $769 increase in education funding. This is a 3% increase in education spending. The allowable growth under his self-imposed link to personal income growth would have been half that at 1.5%

$769 increase in education (3%)

  • $338 million increase in Foundation Aid (with $50 million increase in Community School set-aside)
    • $288 million unrestricted
    • Total foundation aid set aside for Community Schools would now be $200 million
    • NYSSBA asked for $1.5 billion in Foundation Aid
  • $317 million for Expense-based Aids
  • $64 million for an unspecified Fiscal Stabilization Fund
  • $15 million in additional funding for 3 and 4 year old prekindergarten funding
  • $10 million  in additional funding for after school programs
  • $9 million for expansion of Early College High Schools
  • $6 million for the Smart Start program to support computer science and engineering
  • $5 million for Breakfast After Bell to provide breakfast to students in higher need school districts after the first bell rings
  • $2.5 million to expand access to Advanced Placement exams
  • $2.5 million in other initiatives including but not limited to:
  • $250,000 for mental health and trauma support in schools
    • $1.5 million for gang prevention (over 3 years)
    • Conversion aid for full day kindergarten


Advocacy Alert: Executive School Aid Runs Available

January 16, 2018

The Division of the Budget has released the school aid runs that support the Executive's 2018-19 budget proposal. District by district information can be accessed below.


NYSSBA Budget Webinar

Join NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team to get the details on the Executive budget next Tuesday, January 23rd at noon.


Advocacy Update: 2018 Session Underway

January 11, 2018

On Monday, legislative leaders presented their legislative agendas. Despite the difficulties of the current fiscal environment, Speaker Heastie renewed his conference's commitment to funding education and indicated he wanted to "build on the success" of the past years, specifically in relation to Foundation Aid. The Senate focused more on tax relief, including reducing current mandates and prohibiting future unfunded mandates.

The Governor has announced he will release his 2018-19 Executive Budget on Tuesday, January 16th at 1:00 p.m..

Following the release, the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team will provide an overview and analysis, as well as school aid runs as soon as they become available.


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