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Statement from NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the governor's budget proposal

FOR RELEASE: January 15, 2019

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


Governor Cuomo’s budget continues his crusade to erode local-level school decision making by proposing a state formula to determine funding for individual school buildings and making the tax cap permanent.

We appreciate the governor’s desire to direct funds to the neediest schools, but we disagree with the notion that a state formula devised in Albany can distribute funds to thousands of individual school buildings more fairly and effectively than the locally elected board of education in those communities.

Advocacy Alert: State of the State and Budget Release

January 15, 2019

Earlier today, Governor Cuomo presented his combined State of the State and Budget address. While there was relatively little mention of education in the address itself, the comments the Governor did make were concerning. The Governor announced that he would propose a $956 million (3.6%) increase in education funding. However, the actual formula based aid increase proposal is only $748 million (approximately 2.8%), $338 million of which is Foundation Aid.  The Governor also proposed the adoption of a state mandated building level aid distribution mechanism.

School boards release five key principles for APPR reform

FOR RELEASE: January 10, 2019

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


As state lawmakers prepare to tackle reforms to the state’s Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) system for teachers and principals, the New York State School Boards Association today released five key principles that lawmakers should incorporate into APPR reforms.

"By all accounts, the state Legislature will fast-track legislation to change the state’s system for evaluating teachers and principals," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. "NYSSBA urges lawmakers to consider these principles before taking any action on this issue."


NYSSBA gives state legislators set of proposals on state aid

On Board Online • January 14, 2019

By Brian Fessler
Deputy Director of Governmental Relations

As school districts throughout New York State experience significant increases in student need - from poverty, to special education enrollments, to new English language learners - NYSSBA is advocating for a $2.2 billion increase in state aid in the 2019-20 budgetary year.

Combined with limitations created by the property tax cap and other local funding, this proposed state aid increase would represent less than a 4.5 percent increase in revenue for school districts statewide.

Broome-Tioga BOCES launches New York's first recovery high school

On Board Online • January 14, 2019

By George Basler
Special Correspondent

Officials at the Broome-Tioga BOCES can tick off the facts about drug use and addiction in Broome County, each as upsetting as the last.

  • The county has been federally identified as a "high intensity drug trafficking area."
  • Drug deaths, mostly from heroin and opiates, claimed 66 lives in the county in 2017.
  • Nearly 36 percent of county students in grades seven through 12 have used alcohol in their lifetimes, a higher percentage than the national average. Nearly 21 percent have used alcohol in the past 30 days, also higher than the national average.
  • Marijuana use among students grades 9 through 12 is also higher than the national average

Goodbye 2018, hello 2019

On Board Online • January 14, 2019

William Miller
NYSSBA President

Last January, I became the president of NYSSBA. I blinked, and the next thing I knew, we were turning the calendar to 2019. Where did the time go? Where did the time go?

It's a universal truth that when time flies, you must be busy. And so it was in 2018. Public education had another hectic year that had us keeping our tentacles out in all directions.

Committee leadership changes hands

On Board Online • January 14, 2019

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

New York lawmakers returned to Albany this month with new leaders at the helm of the Senate and Assembly education committees.

In the Assembly, Bronx Democrat Michael Benedetto, a special education teacher in New York City schools for more than 30 years, was tapped by Speaker Carl Heastie, also of the Bronx, to succeed longtime Education Committee Chair Catherine Nolan of Queens. Nolan, the committee chair since 2006, was named deputy speaker.

2018 legislative action ends with many vetoes

On Board Online • January 14, 2019

By Julie M. Marlette
Director of Governmental Relations

In the final weeks of 2018, Gov. Andrew Cuomo took action on hundreds of bills, including a number that were important to NYSSBA members. Unfortunately for school district advocates, there were many more disappointments than celebrations.

First, the bright spots:

  • Small group health insurance: approved. The governor signed NYSSBA-supported legislation to allow school districts with 51 to 100 employees to continue to be excluded from the definition of a "small group" for health insurance purposes. Originally adopted several years ago, this carve-out has prevented massive rate increases for more than 100 districts. Legislators passed a proposal that would have extended the provision for five years but a last-minute negotiation resulted in an agreement to make a chapter amendment that will extend the carve-out for two years.

NYSSBA celebrates 100 Custom Board Retreats

On Board Online • January 14, 2019

By Barbara Bradley
Deputy Director of Online Communications and Project Planning

One hundred custom board retreats in a single year - that's a milestone!

NYSSBA recognized the staff members and adjuncts who facilitated the retreats throughout 2018 during a year-end meeting at the NYSSBA offices in Latha

Advocacy Update: NYSSBA APPR Proposal

January 10, 2019

One of the key issues the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team anticipates legislative action on in the 2019 session is changes to the current Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) system. NYSSBA has advanced recommendations which would, if adopted:

  • Eliminate the mandate to use state assessments in APPR
  • Eliminate the mandate to use independent observers
  • Eliminate the link to state aid
  • Allow for the use of student portfolios as a measure of student performance
  • Allow for the use of student and teacher surveys, lesson plans and other artifact of teaching as a part of the APPR.
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