FOR RELEASE: June 4, 2022
As state lawmakers bring their 2022 Legislative session to a close, NYSSBA takes note of this year’s significant steps in support of public education and welcomes a constructive approach to addressing issues affecting our students.
Schools continue to face an evolving array of challenges related to our recovery from effects of the pandemic, the health and wellbeing needs of our students and operational difficulties stemming from staff shortages and supply chain disruptions.
We commend lawmakers for recognizing these challenges with their approval of a 2022-23 state budget with $2.1 billion in new school aid, which includes a $1.5 billion foundation aid increase with a 3% minimum boost for every school district. The design of this budget, which keeps New York on track for full funding of the foundation aid formula in the 2023-24 budget year, is a major step toward lasting predictability and stability of school aid.
School boards appreciate the enactment of practical measures that have included a continued pause in state-mandated teacher and principal evaluations because of pandemic disruptions and a temporary extension of remote meeting provisions of the Open Meetings Law, as well as a system for post-pandemic remote and hybrid meeting options.
NYSSBA also applauds the recent approval of legislation that makes it a felony to threaten mass violence at public locations, including schools. Such threats are dangerous, disruptive and costly to schools, to say nothing of the emotional trauma they cause for students. This legislation recognizes the need for serious consequences for those who would perpetrate such crimes and provides another potential deterrent.