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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.


Advocacy Alert: Governor Cuomo Delivers 2018 State of the State

January 4, 2018

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo delivered the 2018 State of the State address. Returning to a more traditional schedule, which he had abandoned in recent years, the Governor delivered the address on the opening day of session separate from the release of the 2018 Executive Budget.

Education issues were given very little time during the speech itself. The actual comments on education policy included:

  • A commitment to continued investment in education, with a distribution that focuses on students with the greatest need.
    • A requirement that districts receiving grants from the state direct the funds to the neediest students in their districts.
  • A commitment to expand pre-kindergarten investments and STEM programs.
  • A commitment to a continuing investment in the Master Teacher Program.


Advocacy Alert: Final Action on Many NYSSBA Supported Bills

December 20, 2017

Monday night, Governor Cuomo vetoed a number of NYSSBA supported bills. A listing of the bills is below. NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team was disappointed by these vetoes especially given their broad support. Despite being disapproved by the Executive, NYSSBA knows that these are issues of importance to our members, and will work to address the concerns raised in the veto messages and seek alternative solutions that will allow us to meet our goals.

Veto 209 (S.4283 (Murphy)/A.5965 (Galef)): This bill would  have made a technical adjustment to the property tax cap by clarifying that a school district's costs related to BOCES capital be treated in the same manner as the district's own capital costs, which are excluded from the tax cap calculation. Such an adjustment would have removed the disincentive for school districts to invest in updating and expanding BOCES facilities.


Advocacy Alert: 2018 Legislative Preview

December 15, 2017

Yesterday, the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team hosted a webinar discussing the recent election results and previewing the 2018 session and budget and legislative priorities.  

If you were unable to participate, you can view the webinar and materials below.


Advocacy Alert: Regents Release 2018-19 State Aid Proposal

December 12, 2017

On Monday, the Board of Regents released their 2018-19 School Aid proposal. The Regents recommended a school aid increase of more than $1.6 billion, or 6.3%, over current year funding levels. Their proposal includes:

  • $1.25 billion in additional Foundation Aid
    • $85 million of Foundation Aid increase would be restricted or "set-aside" within this amount, reserved for services for English language learner (ELL) students and compliance with part 154 regulations
    • Continuation of the Foundation Aid phase-in
    • A minimum level of additional Foundation Aid for all districts
  • $314 million increase for expense-based reimbursement aids (transportation, building, BOCES, etc.)
    • This represents full funding for these aid categories
  • $25 million for career and technical education (CTE)
    • This would increase the aidable salary cap on BOCES salaries over five years to $60,000
    • This would also transition non-component districts to a reimbursement for the delivery of CTE services
  • $20 million in additional aid for universal prekindergarten (UPK)


Advocacy Alert: Tax Reform Bill Clears Senate

December 4, 2017

Working through the night on Friday, the U.S. Senate voted 51 to 49 to pass its own version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) early Saturday morning. There was an amendment offered by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) to authorize an expansion of 529 education savings accounts for use for nonpublic school tuition, similar to the language included in the House-passed bill.  An additional amendment was offered by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) to allow taxpayers to deduct up to $10,000 in property tax payments (similar to language found in the House-passed bill).


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