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Headline : District access to state aid increases to be subject to DOB, SED approval

On Board Online • April 23, 2018

By Julie M. Marlette
Director of Governmental Relations

The final enacted state budget included a proposal many feared but few thought would be included: a requirement that every school district report to the state the amount budgeted per pupil in each school building.

The reporting requirement will be phased in over three years. If a given district's report is found incomplete or noncompliant (or is not received), the district's state aid increase can be withheld until the report is deemed compliant by both the state Division of the Budget (DOB) and the State Education Department (SED).

Vaping woos a generation

On Board Online • April 23, 2018

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

The enticing whiff of rebellion that once drew many students to sneak their first cigarettes has faded over the last 20 years. But there's a new fad with the power to launch nicotine addiction: vaping.

A term referring to the use of devices that deliver flavored vapor to the lungs, vaping is wooing a new generation of teens who shun traditional cigarettes.

Call to Action: Oppose Converting Impact Aid to Vouchers

April 16, 2018

State Budget Includes New Building Level Reporting Requirement
First Round of Districts Must Comply in 2018

The recently enacted budget includes a modified version of the Executive proposal for school building-based budget approval. Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, any district with at least four schools that receives at least fifty percent of its total revenue through state aid will be required to annually report its budgeted support for individual schools within the district.

Advocacy Alert - NYSSBA 2018 Budget Webinar

April 5, 2018

Earlier today the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team conducted a webinar to present their analysis of the 2018 State Budget and to answer questions.

If you were unable to view the webinar live, you may view it at any time at the link below.

Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the State Budget

FOR RELEASE: April 2, 2018



CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221  cell


The new state budget delivers a school aid increase of $859 million despite a tight fiscal year. Competition for state funding was particularly fierce, and we thank lawmakers for making education a high priority again this year. 

Our enthusiasm is somewhat tempered by the fact that the aid increase is less than what we believe is necessary to maintain current educational programming. Thankfully, the Legislature rejected a harmful proposal to cap expense based aids.

Advocacy Update: Final State Budget Deal Reached

March 31, 2018

Late last night and early this morning both houses completed their work to finalize the budget. While complete analysis of the agreement is underway, here are some of the highlights:

  • Total Education funding increase of nearly $1 billion
    • Traditional School Aid $859 million
      • Foundation Aid $619 million
      • Expense Based Aids $240 million

New student protests coming April 20

On Board Online • April 2, 2018

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

Grief, outrage and a determined sense of solidarity with the students of Parkland, Fla. have fueled a wave of activism by New York students.

Protests began on Wednesday, March 14, when students in about 200 local schools around New York held 17-minute vigils, walkouts and other events to mourn the loss of students and staff when a gunman attacked Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14.

Should schools be hardened? Or softened?

On Board Online • April 2, 2018

By Pauline Liu
Special Correspondent

In the wake of deadly shootings in Parkland Fla., school districts are re-examining "target hardening," a police and military term for using architecture, technology and procedures to make it more difficult for an intruder to gain entry to a school building.

"We can always do more to harden our buildings," John Perrino, president of the Middletown school board told On Board. The district already has more than 700 surveillance cameras to help keep its 7,000 students safe.

It's okay to be different

On Board Online • April 2, 2018

By William Miller
NYSSBA President

As school board members, we care about every child in our schools. But we have a special obligation to care about students with special needs.

April is Autism Awareness Month, so let's start there. Autism is present in virtually all of our schools and many of our families, including mine.

Stephen M. Shore, an education professor at Adelphi University, has said, "If you've met one individual with autism, you've met one individual with autism." He was referring to the fact that there is a great variety in the nature and severity of symptoms or behaviors associated with autism, which is why autism symptoms are often described as falling on a spectrum.


'Emotional literacy' is goal of designers of forthcoming mental health curriculum

On Board Online • April 2, 2018

By Eric D. Randall

"How will schools meet the forthcoming mental health education requirement?"

That was the topic of a panel of experts at NYSSBA's Mental Health Summit held on Long Island on March 15.

The short answer: We'll have a better idea once the State Education Department (SED) provides guidance on the requirement.

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