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Advocacy Update: Federal Issues

July 27, 2017

As the August district work period approaches, the Senate has delayed coming back to their home districts in order to  continue efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Yesterday, the Senate considered legislation that would repeal the ACA, including proposed cuts to Medicaid funding for school districts. However, there were inadequate votes to pass the bill.

Efforts continue to eliminate and reduce Medicaid and other federal funding streams that are vital to school districts.

Advocacy Update: Resolutions Deadline Monday, July 10

July 7, 2017

The 2017 Resolutions deadline is fast approaching. Please consider submitting a resolution for consideration by the delegates at the 2017 Annual Business Meeting. As a reminder, the deadline for resolution submission is close of business, Monday July 10, 2017. If you plan to submit, please review the Resolution Kit below as a reference guide.

Advocacy Update: Extraordinary Session Comes to a Close

June 29, 2017

Today the extraordinary session, which began yesterday at the call of the Governor, came to a close.

After nearly a full day of negotiations yesterday, the Assembly passed a bill that would, among other things, extend mayoral control of the New York City school system for 2 additional years (until June 30, 2019) in the overnight.

Advocacy Alert: 2017 Legislative Wrap Up

June 27, 2017

Earlier today, the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team conducted a webinar discussing the end of the 2017 legislative session and how your school district could be impacted.

We discussed what bills state lawmakers passed, what bills they did not, and what business was left unfinished.

Advocacy Alert: 2017 Session Ends Without Deal on NYC Mayoral Control

Last night just before midnight, both houses of the legislature adjourned and released their members. Unfortunately, this was before a deal could be agreed to on an extension of mayoral control over the New York City school system. This provision of law expires at the end of the month. At this time it is unclear if or when legislators will return to address this issue.

While negotiations on this issue were ongoing, many issues of importance to school districts were taken up by one or both houses.

Advocacy Update: End of the Legislative Session Approaches

June 19, 2017

Legislators appear to be on track to end the legislative session this week as scheduled.  At this time, a number of NYSSBA priorities are still pending, and NYSSBA governmental relations staff is also working to block new mandates and amend proposals that would be harmful to districts.

As we enter the final week of the legislative session some key issues are still in play. Some of those proposals saw movement last week, including:

Call to Action: Reform BOCES District Superintendent Compensation

June 14, 2017

Legislation that seeks to update the current cap on salaries for BOCES district superintendents is pending in both houses of the state legislature. Current law caps the salary of BOCES district superintendents at 98 percent of the commissioner of education's 2003-04 salary or 106% of the salary cap applicable in the previous school year, whichever is less. This legislation would update the cap to reflect the commissioner of education's 2017-18 salary.

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Call to Action: Protect Medicaid Funding in Schools

June 13, 2017

As the U.S. Senate moves forward with considering its version of healthcare reform legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," the NYSSBA, in partnership with the National School Boards Association (NSBA) urges local school board members to contact their U.S. Senators and urge them to oppose legislation or provisions that place arbitrary caps on how much Medicaid funding a child receives.

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Call to Action: Equitable Treatment of BOCES Capital Costs

June 12, 2017

Last week several NYSSBA priority bills moved through the Assembly Education Committee, including legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and Senator Terrence Murphy (A.5965/S.4283) which would exclude school districts' BOCES capital costs from the tax cap. Currently, a school district's own capital costs are excluded from the cap. This bill, and several other NYSSBA priorities, are now referred to the Assembly Ways and Means committee and await a vote by the full Senate. Take Action Now

Call to Action: Establish TRS Reserve Fund

June 8, 2017

Legislation that would authorize school districts and BOCES to create and fund a Teachers Retirement System reserve fund moved through the Assembly Education Committee this week. This bill is on the Senate Calendar but has not been scheduled for a vote.

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