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Governor signs criminal threat bill

On Board Online • June 27, 2022

By John Daley
Governmental Relations Representative

Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed into law a bill that creates a new crime known as "making a threat of mass harm." The bill, now Chapter 206 of the Laws of 2022, was sponsored by Sen. Todd Kaminsky and Assemblymember Monica Wallace.


18 NYSSBA-supported bills pass

On Board Online • June 27, 2022

By Brian Fessler
Director of Governmental Relations

As the sun rose on a Saturday morning in early June, members of the state Assembly were nearing the end of a 20-plus hour marathon legislative session.


Three PILOT bills approved by Legislature

On Board Online • June 27, 2022

By Matt DeLaus
Governmental Relations Intern

Three bills passed by both houses of the state Legislature promise to increase transparency of payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) agreements issued by Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs).


6 of 7 budgets pass in revote

On Board Online • June 27, 2022

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

Six of the seven districts that held school budget revotes because their initial spending plans were defeated in May had revised spending plans approved on June 21.


Appellate court rules busing to nonpublic schools is not required when public schools are closed

On Board Online • June 27, 2022

By Shubh N. McTague
Staff Counsel

In a significant decision with statewide implications, the Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court, Third Department, recently ruled that public school districts outside of New York City are not required to transport nonpublic school students to and from school on days when public schools are closed.


What's new at this year's graduation? For many, the Seal of Civic Readiness

On Board Online • June 6, 2022

By Pauline Liu
Special Correspondent

When an estimated 190,000 New Yorkers graduate high school later this month, 4% of them (about 8,000) will be the first to receive a "Seal of Civic Readiness."


99% of school budgets win voter approval

On Board Online • June 6, 2022

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

Voter turnout for 2022-23 school budgets increased sharply from a year ago, most likely owing to increased interest in school board elections across the state.


Board member removed for repeated misconduct

On Board Online • June 6, 2022

By Shubh N. McTague
Staff Counsel

A board of education has the power to remove a school board member for "official misconduct."


Newest front in the culture wars: SEL

On Board Online • May 16, 2022

By Chris Carola
Special Correspondent

Since 2018, the State Education Department has had K-12 benchmarks in social-emotional learning (SEL) including developing "self-awareness and self-management skills."


Court of Appeals' decision raises questions on retirees' health insurance premiums and perhaps coverage

On Board Online • May 16, 2022

By the New York State Association of School Attorneys

In mid-February, the New York State Court of Appeals issued a decision with important collective bargaining implications for public employers in New York State, including school districts.

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