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FOR RELEASE: April 3, 2017

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

   

The state budget extender generates uncertainty for school districts.

School board members understand that without a final budget deal, a state budget extender is necessary to ensure that state government keeps functioning. However, school boards must adopt budget proposals this year by April 21 and submit property tax levy data to the state by April 24, in preparation for the May 16 public budget vote. 

As it appears now, school districts may be proposing budgets without knowing how much revenue they will receive from the state in 2017-18. 

Without an enacted state budget, school boards will have to make various assumptions about their state aid. That could result in decisions to override the tax cap, or to cut educational programs. 

Under any scenario, these are not optimal budget conditions. 

We urge the Executive and Legislature to finalize state aid to education as quickly as possible so schools, parents, taxpayers and students can plan accordingly for the 2017-18 school year.

 

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FOR RELEASE: March 20, 2017

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

   

In an exclusive interview, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher tells Timothy Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA), that school districts may need to hire 180,000 new teachers in the next ten years.

In her conversation with Kremer, Zimpher said, "We are having teacher shortages already, not just universal, but by region and by discipline. So, we need more second language teachers. We need more special ed teachers. We need more STEM teachers. We've known this, but it is finally catching up with us."

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FOR RELEASE: February 10, 2017

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

NYSSBA is encouraged that overall graduation rates across the state continue to climb. However, we are deeply concerned that graduation gaps among students of color, English language learners, and students in poorer districts continue to persist. These gaps lend support to our belief that the state needs to provide adequate state aid, especially to those districts that are less wealthy and have greater numbers of students for whom English is not their primary language. NYSSBA calls for an additional $2 billion overall in the 2017-18 state budget, including $1.4 billion in foundation aid.

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FOR RELEASE: February 1, 2017

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

The 2017-18 TRS employer contribution rate of 9.8 percent marks the third straight year the rate has gone down. Considering that employee salaries make up the largest single portion of school district spending, even small decreases in the rate can add up to significant savings. That said, with the property tax cap below 2 percent again this year, lower wealth school districts will likely still struggle to craft 2017-18 budgets that provide needed programs and services to students without a sufficient state aid increase.

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FOR RELEASE: January 18, 2017

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

 

The proposed $1 billion education aid increase represents a good starting point for budget negotiations.

 

We support the governor’s proposals to update the foundation aid formula to better reflect student poverty and to consolidate prekindergarten funding streams.

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FOR RELEASE: January 11, 2017

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

 

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo concludes his regional State of the State messages, we are encouraged by the prospects of record state aid to public education. 

 

In addition, school boards support the governor’s plan to recognize an additional 60 exceptional teachers with Empire State Excellence in Teaching Awards.

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FOR RELEASE: December 24, 2016

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We are truly saddened and disturbed by Buffalo Board of Education member Carl Paladino's recent comments regarding President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Such incendiary and racially tinged language has absolutely no place coming from any school board member or any school official, especially among those who represent a diverse community. Mr. Paladino's comments do not reflect the views of the members of the New York State School Boards Association.

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FOR RELEASE: December 14, 2016

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
@nyschoolboards

A restart of the Foundation Aid formula with a three year phase-in plan for full funding tops the list of legislative priorities for the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) in 2017.

In addition, changes to the property tax cap, support for English Language Learners, and additional funding for prekindergarten are among the Association's other priorities.

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FOR RELEASE: November 28, 2016

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

Community schools can help students overcome the adverse effects of poverty and other obstacles to academic success, according to a new research report by the New York State School Boards Association. 

The report, entitled "Community Schools: The Great Equalizer," offers an in-depth view of community schools, including a glimpse at life inside two community schools. 

"Community schools can help level the playing field for schools wrestling with a high level of student poverty and transiency," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer.

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FOR RELEASE: October 17, 2016

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

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa and nearly 2000 school board members will be in Buffalo next week to address such topics as educational inequities, bullying, drug abuse and other issues facing New York’s schools.

The discussions will take place at the New York State School Boards Association’s Convention on October 27 to 29 at the Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center.

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