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Call to Action: Oppose Tuition Tax Credits and Vouchers

March 8, 2017

Lawmakers at the state and federal level are continuing to demonstrate their support for the creation of tax credits and other programs that would divert public dollars to support nonpublic K-12 schools. President Trump mentioned the issue in his recent address to Congress. Congressman Steve King (R-IA) has introduced legislation that, if enacted, would require states to make federal dollars available to parents to use for private school tuition (HR 610). At the state level, three different proposals have been advanced in recent weeks to create tax credits for nonpublic school tuition and donations to scholarship programs and foundations (S.4366, Golden and S.5011, Golden and A.5862, Cusick).

Advocacy Update: Elia and Schneiderman Advise School Districts on Protection of Immigrant Students' Rights

March 2, 2017

Earlier this week, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman jointly released guidance reminding school districts of their rights and duties under existing state and federal laws to ensure the rights of immigrant children to attend the state's public school districts.

The guidance and press release can be viewed below:

Update: State Leaders Reaffirm Protections for Transgender Students

February 24, 2017

Late Wednesday action was taken by federal officials to roll back an Obama era directive that allowed transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms in alignment with their gender identity. This Executive action left decisions on this issue in the hands of states and in the absence of state policy, districts.

New York leaders were swift in responding, reaffirming the state's commitment to protect the rights of all students, including transgender and gender non-conforming students, regardless of federal action.

Call To Action: State Aid for Enrollment Growth and ELL

February 23, 2017

Legislation Introduced to Provide Aid for Enrollment Growth and ELL Students

Legislation has been introduced in the Assembly that would provide targeted state aid for districts with recent growth in student enrollment, as well as for districts experiencing increases in their numbers of English language learner (ELL) students. This funding is a NYSSBA budget priority for 2017-18. NYSSBA highlighted the need for this change in our budget testimony delivered to the legislature earlier this month.

Call To Action: NYSSBA Budget Priorities

February 14, 2017

Unfortunately, the NYSSBA Capital Conference scheduled for February 12th and 13th could not take place as scheduled due to inclement weather.  However, don't let the storm keep you from having your voice heard while legislative budgets are being developed. Below you will find advocacy materials that can assist you when meeting with legislators and staff. We encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to meet with your legislators while they are not in session from February, 15th - 27th. Try and schedule in-district visits ahead of time.

Advocacy Alert: NYSSBA Webinar and Budget Analysis

January 24, 2017

Earlier today, the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team conducted a webinar to provide an overview of the 2017 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.

Advocacy Alert: Governor Release 2017 Executive Budget Proposal and Runs

January 18, 2017

Last night, Governor Cuomo released his much anticipated 2017-18 budget proposal to the public. Though the process has deviated greatly from the norm, the six State of the State addresses and supporting documents did layout a map for what would be included in the budget this year.

A full analysis of the fourteen bills is underway, however, NYSSBA wanted to share an initial read of the proposals.

Advocacy Alert: State of the State Highlights 2017

January 12, 2017

Governor Cuomo has completed his 6th and final 2017 State of the State presentation and released his written report to the legislature.

While the presentations themselves were quite light on P-12 education, with a mention of funding, recovery high schools and some teacher recognition programs being the most notable items, the written materials offered a more complete picture of items to be on the lookout for in 2017; and possibly a preview of what will be included in the budget bills expected to be released next week.

Below you can find links to the NYSSBA's summary of the most relevant proposals, as well as a link to the full State of the State presentation itself.

Advocacy Update - 86% of NYSSBA Survey Respondents Oppose Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education

January 9, 2017

Over the last week, as the U.S. Senate has prepared to conduct Ms. DeVos's confirmation hearing. The New York State School Boards Association has been preparing as well. We conducted a survey of our advocacy network, which primarily consists of school board members and other school district officials and staff throughout the state, asking for their input on the nomination so it might be shared with New York's senators and other decision makers.

Overwhelmingly, respondents oppose Ms. Devos's appointment as Secretary of Education with 86% of respondents stating their opposition.

Advocacy Alert Outstanding Senate Races Called

December 20, 2016

Outstanding State Senate Races called, Democrat Brooks in SD-8 and Republican Marcellino in SD-5 Certified Winners

A state court has ordered that Democrat John Brooks be certified the winner of the state Senate's 8th District, making him the only Democratic candidate to unseat a GOP opponent in a year in which Democrats were hoping to retake control of the chamber. After more than a month of deliberation, Brooks was ahead by about 250 votes when both sides agreed to end the challenge.

In State Senate District 5, Republican Sen. Carl Marcellino was recently certified as the winner of his re-election bid after almost 12,000 paper ballots were counted. 

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